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I am sorry to hear of this situation (particularly the significant medical conditions for both you and your father).
Your landlord has a right to enter the property following 24 hours notice (they must give notice stating when they intend to enter, the purpose for the entry, and who will be coming) - for this situation, it appears they will be bringing in real estate agents or their employees to take photos or otherwise evaluate the home (you will be best familiar with the industry procedures for your location).
To terminate a month to month lease, (in Colorado) the landlord must give notice at least 10 days prior to the end of the month.
I appreciate your concern and yes, I understand how showings work :) But what about my other questions? I know it's prob more info than you usually get. Just look for the questions marks, ie. radon, extention of lease, etc
No, it is no problem regarding your other questions, but I think it may be easier if we go through them one by one. My screen shows your text in a very narrow column (and your narrative format makes it a little difficult for me to review each issue separately), so if you do not mind going through each question separately, I believe I can better assist.
(For more information on the 10 days here is a helpful article regarding the CO statute: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/colorado-notice-requirements-terminate-month-month-tenancy.html)
can I also request a written notification of entry from agent and/or landlord? That may give me enough time to straighten up
You can (the landlord has no obligation to provide it beyond a basic description of which areas of the home they will inspect, and the basic purpose of the inspection, but in this case it is in your mutual best interest to do so). You have no duty to tidy up, but doing so will certainly better your relationship as it comes time to discuss security deposits etc. at the end of the lease.
ok, i understand. I do want you to know that I spaced appropriately and put several paragraphs in with numbers. But as I see it here it's all just fumbled together so let's go over each one
Thank you (it shows up if I switch to our "Q&A" format, but then we lose the ability to "chat" - it is one of those trade offs for our forum), I hope this will work.
b4 we go into those, regarding your last comment. If I call the agent back now and say I would like a written notification, then they could just tape it to my door? or can I request mail? I'm trying to get as much time as possible, you know? I just returned home and I was hoping to get some work done today, so idk
The landlord has a legal right to enter with 24 hours written notice (they can tape it to your door). As a practical matter, you can ask for more time, ask for more detailed information, and ask for a mutually agreeable time - but as a legal matter, the landlord is the one that can make this demand.
Ok, so as of when I tell the agent this...it may take them till, say, 5pm to tape it to my door. Then the landlord cannot enter until 5pm tomorrow or after? And if I'm lucky enough to get mailed it, it will be 24hrs from when it gets in my box, unless it's certified?
Also, kind of off subject.
You have 24 hours from when you receive or should have received the notice - mailing is not sufficient, they must provide it by personal service (actually hand it to you, or an adult living at the residence) or tape it to your door (or some other "conspicuous place")
but I signed up for the monthly thing on this website and I get a wk free then $34 a mo. Are they going to charge me $34 on top of that right now? I thought that was why I signed up for it?
For this service?
Yes, when I went to this site, after I typed my q'n, it asked me my card # XXXXX it said it would be $34 or I could sign up and get a wk free and it would be $34/mo after for unlimited chats. Now I'm starting to wonder what I signed up for
Okay, that is something I am less able to help you with - our customer service would be able to assist you with which service you selected. Our customers can pay for a single question at a time, or subscribe to the service where they pay a monthly fee. Unfortunately, from my side I cannot tell which service or payment plan you signed for (we are each contracted to answer questions as experts in our field but we do not have any direct involvement with the billing etc. aspect of the service).
I do know that the service works to make sure that you are treated fairly and that you have a superior experience, so they will be able to ensure that your purchase meets your expectations (I do hope my service has done so to this point as well).
Alright, I hope it's not added because it would make sense the other way. That's the benefit of a membership right? If it is added I wouldn't have even done it.
Regardless, let's go through my questions. I know that they placed the $34 based on the amount of questions or words I put in, because at the end it said, 'this is what your answers are worth: $34' Which is fine. As long as they get answered.
I will now put them for you here, but I have to make a few calls because I think that agent just tried to call me again
. I asked the mgmt company about week ago if I could just retroactively do the 6 mo lease because I knew I would be staying here from my Dad's worsening situation. He said he would talk to the owner, but he thought the owner wanted to sell the house. I have not heard back anything about that. So does my request for 6mo not stand, even though its only 2 1/2 mo. more? Is there anything I can do?
If they do need me to move out how many days minimum will I have by law to find a place, pack, and move out? Can I file a grievance or something because of the obvious situations?...just brainstorming
They need to terminate the lease 10 days before the end of the month (that gives you a total of 10 days to move out) - Colorado unfortunately has very short notice.
If you do not move out within the 10 days, they will have to go through the "unlawful detainer" process to get an eviction. Do not rely on these numbers as it varies in every jurisdiction based on the backlog in the courts and the sheriff's office, but it can take 30 - 45 days to go from service of a complaint to an actual eviction.
So if I don't get a notice till the 23rd? That's less than 10 days before the end of the month, I should be allowed to pay for November? Also, What kind of choice do I have in showings, I would like to be here and only have it, maybe, 2 days a weeks?
If you don't get notice 10 days before the end of the month the notice is ineffective and you can continue renting for the following month. You have no choice in the showings (although the landlord cannot be abusive or harassing in the showings (they cannot come daily, however, if they are doing repairs of these multiple defects, you may have contractors in your home for an extended period).
Ok, going back: There are issues with this house that have been long going; like leaky faucets, shower not draining upstairs, as well as a couple other things. Like I said I've been meaning to call the mgmt company to get these taken care of but before I know it, I'm in WY again. If I do have to move out soon, will it look weird if I have them fix a bunch of stuff in the house? Even though those problems have been there for a while now? I def. don't want it reflecting on me, that's for sure.
and, just to add, these are not MAJOR things that need fixing, we're talking maybe a few hours at most
If the defects are construction issues or defects related to the home that are the responsibility of the landlord or related to "normal wear and tear" of the building you cannot be held responsible. You are only responsible for actual tenant damage (meaning if you actually physically damaged the faucet you would be responsible - sort of a common sense analysis). If you are moving out right away, you can consider whether or not you wish to report the issues at all, if they are doing no permanent harm to the structure you would not be obligated to do so - if the faucet is causing structural damage (water damage to the wall or floors, you need to report it, if it simply leaks into the sink, you do not).
3. I also have a feeling there is a radon problem in this home and there has been for MONTHS. If I pay to get it checked and there is a high level that requires mitigation, what are my options?
You should not be paying to have this issue checked - that is the landlord's obligation.
Well, you know the issue with Radon, right? Oderless, can't see it, can't hear it, etc. You mean even if I address this hunch, because that's what it is, he should pay to check it out? Now, with that being said I have experienced many homes with Radon so there are signs, human side effects besided cancer, whether the EPA recognizes them or not. I would be shocked if my home didn't have high radon levels, let's put it that way. But the only way to prove it is to pay to test it.
You can try your County Health Inspector as well.
try for what? free radon tests?
Yes. No guarantees.
So, there are extenuating circumstances with me and I would also like to know what my rights are regarding the agent who wants to enter and take pictures, etc. Since I have access to the MLS I can find my owners number. This would bypass the mgmt-middle man so I can talk directly to him. Is it illegal to do so, just so he can understand what's happening?
about the rights I have in the first sentence. to clarify, if it is not tidy can I ask to let me take them or give more time? Or is that just case-dependant? Since I have access to the MLS I can find my owners number. This would bypass the mgmt-middle man so I can talk directly to him. Is it illegal to do so, just so he can understand what's happening?
Unfortunately, your extenuating circumstances do not alter the landlord's rights - you can advise them of your situation, and they may grant you certain variances from these rights, but they have no legal obligation to do so. You may contact the landlord directly (there is no law or regulation preventing you from doing so, but if they direct you to speak with the management company when you do so, you should probably honor their request).
I just spoke with John, the listing agent. He and I thought Thursday would be good to take pics and do a walkthrough. He said the owner wanted to see it quickly even by tom. morning but I said I would need more time to tidy up and it doesn't make sense to come for a walkthrough and come the next day for pictures. In your opinion, how would I address the fact that I want written notice and 24hrs appearing rude?
sorry...correction at end..."24hrs without appearing rude?"
You can ask for the 24 hours notice to "confirm" your understanding.
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