(With apologies to Mr. Johnson.)
What my mama told me has proved to be true.
So I lived in an apartment in Beacon for 2 years, leased by a brother and sister duo who struck me as very nice people. Whenever anyone would tell me not to trust landlords I would always bring up the two of them as an example to the contrary. Heck, one time when my landlady was waiting for the replacement for my broken stove to be delivered, she even did my dishes for me! Gosh! Anyway, I paid my rent on time every month, was a quiet, clean, and polite tenant, and in that sense hoped that they would return the favor by upholding their end of the bargain.
And then, right on schedule, they stab me in the back.
I've been out of the place almost two months by this point and still no word on the security deposit. Today, I decided to check and ask what the hold-up was. I politely asked for my 750$ back, and then the land lady started yelling at me, telling me I had caused her so much inconvenience because I only told her two and a half weeks before the end of my lease that I was moving out. (This was untrue. I told her that I would not be able to renew in early October because I believed I was probably moving into the house with Rym.) I got upset and told her that I knew she had found a tenant from my Craiglist ad, a nice young couple that plays D&D, because Alex had met them! She yelled at me for placing the ad without her permission! I had gotten her brother's permission and read him the post, word for word, and posted the ad for free just because I wanted to help them. I read her the part of the lease that dealt with the notice to vacate, and she did not listen and yelled at me some more, and then I lost my head and yelled back that she was wrong and being really mean, and then I said I would talk to a lawyer and hung up.
Then I called the brother. He had already gotten an earful from his pissy sister, but he was very nice and amiable as always, and I was likewise calm and collected. He said "Well, let's all be fair here. How about I give you half, and I take half? How's that?" I said that with all due respect, I believed I was entitled to the full deposit. I had upheld my lease to the letter, left the apartment in perfect condition, and found them a new tenant.
24. Display of Signs. During the last 30 days of this lease, Lessor or his agent shall have the privilege of displaying the usual "For Sale" or "For Rent" or "Vacancy" signs on the demised premises and of showing the property to prospective purchasers or tenants.
27. Holdover by Lessee. Should lessee remain in possession of the demised premises with the consent of the Lessor after the natural expiration of the lease, a new month-to-month tenancy shall be created between Lessor and Lessee which shall be subject to all the terms and conditions hereof but shall be terminated on 30 days written notice served by either Lessor or Lessee.
28. Notice of Intent to Vacate. [This paragraph applies only when Agreement is or has become a month-to-month Agreement.] Lessor shall advise Lessee of any changes in terms of tenancy with advance notice of at least 30 days. Changes may include notices of termination, rent adjustments, or other reasonable changes in the terms of this Agreement.
Also in the end section it says that I will have to pay for carpet steaming after I move out, which according to the brother is $129 dollars.
So basically, I told her two months ahead of time that I would not sign a new lease, when she bothered me right after the house fell through in early November and Scott had already moved out of the geekhaus that I might end up staying a few extra months in my apartment, with Rym as well, until we found a new place. This was a "maybe" and I didn't want to sign anything. The next week we found the place in Queens. I called Gary right away. This was 2.5 weeks before my end date, which was November 30. He was disappointed in me for not telling him sooner, but I read him the Craiglist ads and he was happy again. I was all moved out on the 29th.
Give me back my $620! I did more than what was required of me! I will take you to small claims court if I have to YOU BITCHES!
Sigh. Okay. Share your landlord hell stories.