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By juggjery on Dec 09, 2013 01:09 AM
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I've already tried looking around on the DC tenant's website, but I haven't yet found anything about what you do when it's the landlord rather than the tenant who wants to prematurely break the lease.
Is it even worth it to go through legal trouble if he is willing to pay back full deposits as well as whatever costs they've incurred? I feel like the landlord has already shown himself to be pretty nutty, and I would be very hesitant to move in at this point myself.
The dude has their deposits, so unless he gives them back expediently they won't be able to fork out for a new place. Would getting their deposits back from the guy do anything to void their lease/claim to incurred expenses from the landlord?
The guy is still currently living there, so what nfl jerseys cheap to do about that if he doesn't want to move out? Could he be evicted?
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Frankly, the letter of the law is not that important here they dodged a bullet and it sucks and it may be against the rules but frankly they don't want to start evicting their landlord so that they can live in his house, that's Wholesale Jerseys just begging for future trouble.
Tell the dude that it's fine but they will need a cashier's check for the amount of their deposit today (or if he hasn't deposited their checks, just the checks back), as well as copies of something to sign voiding the lease (so that he can't go after them later for not paying rent or something with this signed lease in his hands, though that would be a hard sell with him still living there). If he won't give the deposit back then obviously small claims court immediately.
But regardless of the legality and even the moral high ground, they should just walk away from the cheap jerseys china idea of living in this place.
posted by www.wholesalecheapbroncosjerseys.com brainmouse at 10:04 AM on March 11 [10 favorites]
IAAL, IANYL (or your friends' lawyer), TINLA. I do some landlord/tenant.
Your friends would never be able to sue to kick the landlord off his property so they can live in his condo. A wholesale jerseys lawsuit could only award them money damages. In this case, they are certainly entitled to the return of their deposit. If they have any nonrefundable moving expenses, they could probably get those, too. If the guy promptly returns the deposit, they should just chalk this up as a "bummer" and find a new place to live.
Of course, no one here has seen the lease. The answer to your question of "what are your rights" is "what the lease says". (unless superseded by your landlord/tenant act)
posted by Tanizaki at 10:11 AM on March 11
I have taken one or two law classes cheap nfl jerseys in school, but IANAL.
My impression is that whenever one party suffers damages from another party's failure to live up to a contract, that party is entitled to sue for damages. If the breach of contract was accidental or unavoidable, the amount of money awarded is usually equal to what the damages were cheap jerseys worth (although mitigating factors may reduce this based on the percentage of blame that the court estimates fell on the defendant). If the breach of contract was deliberate, then you are also entitled to punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages essentially meant to punish the person for willfully breaking contract.
In this situation, the "damages" your friends are entitled to is the additional www.wholesalecheapsteelersjerseys.com cost incurred from suddenly having to change their plans at the last minute and find a new place to live, which will probably be not as nice and more expensive. Since the landlord is breaking the lease knowingly and without any justification, they can probably get him for punitive damages too.
What you need www.wholesalecheap49ersjerseys.com to consider is how much evidence your friends have against him. If they have only a copy of the lease, he can say that they forged it. If they have an email thread too, or some additional proof of his actions, then this landlord may be in more severe trouble.
Your friends will not be able to resolve a court case in time to move into the house. But if they find a decent attorney (make sure that the attorney will cheap nfl jerseys work on a contingency fee rather than on retainer) then they can probably cost this landlord a lot of money with minimal effort and expense on their part. This will help them recoup their losses and teach a valuable lesson to the landlord about his legal obligations.
This means that theoretically, if a comparable twobedroom would cost way more than the landlord was going to rent it for, he may be on the hook for the difference. If it takes them a few weeks to find a comparable apartment, he could theoretically be liable for their reasonable hotel bill in the meantime.
It's theoretical because unless he is willing to hand over the money voluntarily, which sounds unlikely, they would have to sue him. The judge would have to agree with them and award a judgment, cheap nfl jerseys and then they would have to collect on the judgment. Out of whatever they recovered, they would have to pay their lawyer.
They probably should just focus on getting their deposits back. If he doesn't return the deposits ASAP, a strongly worded letter from a lawyer on letterhead shouldn't cost them too cheap jerseys much.
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The people at the DC cheap jerseys Office of the Tenant Advocate may be helpful. I recommend showing up at the office for a walkin over calling and leaving a message.
posted by juliplease at 10:36 AM on March 11
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