Renter rights: pet urine
Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:40 PM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:29 AM
"Do we have grounds to break our lease with a full refund of our deposit?"
Not as a matter of statute, but you're free to sue the landlord for breach of contract. That's about the only thing I can think of that would inspire the landlord to cave and let you out of the lease. What kind of damages a court would give you, we can't know from here.
First, I'd decide what you're prepared to do and then send the landlord a polite letter demanding that they remedy the problem and send it via traceable means (showing on the letter that a copy went via regular mail). You have to be prepared to sue and do so if/when the landlord ignores you.
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.
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