So I got ripped off by a landlord
I got into this rental house july 1st 2009. It was up for sale so it was a month to month luckily. I paid everything $100 in cash and $1150.00 with a cashiers check from my credit onion. I even paid a $550month ahead because I didn't know if it was gonna go through or not. So we finished moving out october 1st. The real estate agent we worked with was excellent. His agent pretty much tryed to help him get his place sold, but he wouldnt budge on my offers. After the 2nd try I gave up. I just ended up finding too many things I didn't like about the place. That agent ended up dropping his listing because he wouldn't do as asked. This agent went threw hell and back to get us threw that miserable FHA loan!
Rent was technically $525 but wanted to milk me me for being able to use the washer and dryer for $25. I thought well I guess its better then dragging stuff to a laudromat. Some things didn't work like the air conditioner condensor fan outside was not spinning, I ended up fixing that for under $30 it was a Bad capacitor. I did get reimbursed for that.
It also had a centipede problem. So bug spray was always handy. The Bathroom sink drain was very slow and ended up plugging up. I fixed that in under 5 minutes. I always trimmed and had the grass cut. The oven was VERY filthy, I have never seen one that bad! I ended cleaning that with oven cleaner. I think it took at least 4 tries to get the job done. The circuit breaker box had smoke coming out of it. Called fire department think they had 4 fire trucks out in the street. The circuit breaker failed and basically melted the aluminium buss bar in the circuit box. Happened on a wednesday, thursday I hear from landlord saying it has to be fixed by friday. The smell was horrible! Suprisingly the circuit panel did get replaced. I did keep circuit breaker as evidence and took pictures and got pictures of the circuit panel when the electrician had the cover off. If I wouldnt of been home and able to turn the switch off on the furnace it could have been much worse.
If I wouldnt of called the fire dept it would of never got fixed and it would of put other properties at risk.
So on move out I cleaned the rugs with a carpet cleaner and cleaned up everything. I also took pictures and video shots inside and out, and mentioned that when I called to give a new address.
I did go to an attorney / lawyer, no response to letter sent to him from attorney / lawyer. So its going to end up in court. I will update after that happens. So otherwise I am glad I don't have to rent anymore. My lesson here is don't ever pay for a month ahead of time. There are some bad landlords out there, I recommend checking them out. Just as there are bad tenants also. I think I addressed everything hopefully, and explained well enough.