Signs it’s time to break up with your land­lord

Lesotho Times - - Property -

NOT happy at your rented home? It may be time to move on.

Your land­lord seemed pretty cool at first, right? Un­til they stopped re­turn­ing your calls, failed to keep their end of the con­tract and con­stantly started drop­ping by unan­nounced, that is.

Whether you have an ab­sent land­lord, or one who sim­ply has no con­cern for your safety, it may be time to say good­bye. Here are signs that it’s time to break up with your land­lord:

1. The ab­sent part­ner

The land­lord is gen­er­ally re­spon­si­ble for the main­te­nance and re­pairs of the ren­tal prop­erty, es­pe­cially if it af­fects your health and safety. In some cases the ten­ant may be re­spon­si­ble for mi­nor re­pairs to the prop­erty, such as re­plac­ing a fused light­bulb.

How­ever, the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of both the ten­ant and land­lord should be clearly de­fined in the lease con­tract.

When your land­lord does not pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive plan of ac­tion for re­pairs or main­te­nance, don’t re­tal­i­ate by with­hold­ing your rent – this could pos­si­bly get you evicted. In­stead, make sure you pay on time and doc­u­ment all your com­plaints as proof if you de­cide to ter­mi­nate your lease con­tract.

2. The un­in­vited guest

It’s an in­con­ve­nience when your land­lord de­cides to drop by unan­nounced re­ally early in the morn­ing to have the geyser fixed weeks af­ter you com­plained about it. It is only po­lite for a land­lord to an­nounce their ar­rival at least a day or two in ad­vance. If your land­lord can­not re­spect your pri­vacy or your time, it might be a sign that you need to find another place to call home.

3. The no talker

So you’re hav­ing some se­cu­rity is- sues at home and you’ve tried con­tact­ing your land­lord to no avail. This makes it clear that your is­sues aren’t much of a con­cern to them. Make sure to doc­u­ment all your com­mu­ni­ca­tion at­tempts, in­clud­ing all the prom­ises made by your land­lord.

When you fi­nally suc­ceed at mak­ing con­tact with them, in­sist that your land­lord put every­thing in writ­ing, in­clud­ing all the work that should be and has been done. If you find that your concerns and re­quests have not been ad­dressed with urgency, you may want to seek le­gal ad­vice.

4. The rent-riser

Land­lord raised your rent with no warn­ing? Your lease agree­ment should state when ren­tal in­creases oc­cur and by how much it will in­crease by. The land­lord is also re­spon­si­ble for com­mu­ni­cat­ing this to you and mak­ing sure you un­der­stand it.

Ren­tal in­creases usu­ally take ef­fect at the end of the lease term and no­tice should be given (usu­ally a month or two in ad­vance).

Try to ne­go­ti­ate your ren­tal in­crease with your land­lord, but if they’re not open to the ne­go­ti­a­tion, you know that it’s time to move on.

5. The one who holds you back

Does your land­lord have a strict no pet pol­icy? Are you not al­lowed to have guests over af­ter 10pm? If your ren­tal prop­erty no longer suites your life­style, it’s time to up­grade. If you find a place that gives you the life­style you de­serve, don’t let it slip by. — W24

WHETHER you have an ab­sent land­lord, or one who sim­ply has no con­cern for your safety, it may be time to say good­bye.

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