The rights of a land­lord

The Star (Jamaica) - - FEATURE -

Atenant, who has been liv­ing at a premises for 10 years, was served no­tice to give up oc­cu­pa­tion of the premises. She is up­set with the man­ner in which the land­lord dealt with the is­sue.

There are two houses on the premises. She was a good ten­ant, pay­ing her rent on time. She said she can­not un­der­stand why her land­lord has given her no­tice to give up pos­ses­sion of the house.

“I don’t know the real rea­son but, on the no­tice, my land­lord wrote that re­pairs was the rea­son for the no­tice,” she said.

“It is a fact that there are sec­tions of the roof which has to be re­paired, but I just don’t see the rea­son why I can­not stay in the house while the re­pairs are go­ing on.

“It is a two- bed­room house and I could stay in one sec­tion of the house, or spend a week with rel­a­tives, while the re­pairs are be­ing car­ried out.

“I am feel­ing very up­set be­cause, af­ter liv­ing at the premises for 10 year and be­ing a good ten­ant, I thought the land­lord would have dis­cussed the mat­ter with me to see how best we could deal with the re­pairs.

“One of my rel­a­tives told me that I should dis­cuss the is­sue with her. I called her sev­eral times af­ter I got the no­tice last month but she just did not an­swer her tele­phone. I went to her house one night to speak with her but she said I should come back the next day.

“When I re­turned the next day, I told her how I felt about the is­sue, but she said it was her prop­erty and she had a right to do as she pleased. I re­minded her that I took care of the house, just as if it were my own, but she said that did not mat­ter to her. I asked her what was the prob­lem. She said I am not tied to her place so I should leave in peace.

“One of my land­lord’s rel­a­tives told me that she wanted the house re­paired, so she can in­crease the rent, be­cause my rent was too cheap.

A friend told me to chal­lenge the no­tice in court be­cause I have been liv­ing at the premises for too long to be treated in that fash­ion.

“I re­ally don’t want to go that route but I think the one- month no­tice is re­ally too short.”

A land­lord is en­ti­tled to give a ten­ant no­tice to quit the premises, and the land­lord has given a valid rea­son. I f you can­not f i nd ac­com­mo­da­tion within a month, then you can ask the l and­lord to ex­tend the time. If the land­lord re­fuses, then you can to go court and ap­ply for an ex­ten­sion of

time.

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