Please see the email I sent my landlords. What can I do to get out of my lease?
I'm writing in regards ***** ***** terms of my lease. At this time, myself and my fiancée have been tenants for nearly two years. We have paid rent on time, have never received any complaints and have even taken measures to improve the apartment beyond what standard maintenance repairs cover. We've held up our end of the bargain, Fineberg Maintenance has not.
We're asking to be relieved of the terms of our lease not because we don't love the area, but because the price we're paying to live in Fenway is far beyond what it's worth to live in our apartment.
Over the course of the two years, we've lived in*****APT 30, we've encountered numerous problems, pests and issues that haven't been addressed by Fineberg in the way a Landlord should address them.
We've had a mice problem since December 2014. We've had to call over eight times (documented each one of these calls) and have been told that they cannot find the point of entry in which the mice are entering our apartment. We've had a fruit fly and house fly infestation for over three months without any food or drinks left out overnight, yet the bugs continue to multiply (also, documented). We've had a toilet continue to run to the point of overflow, and when we called to ask for a plumber at 1pm on a Monday, Fineberg replied that they wouldn't get to it until the following day because it was the end of the work day. At 1pm. I ended up resolving this issue by cutting off the water supply with a wrench, letting it sit and turning it back on hours later.
Out of the 4 washers and 4 dryers afforded to us in the basement of the building next door, at least 2 are continually out of service with little responsiveness when we call for repairs. As you can imagine, with an apartment complex of over 100 units, this simply isn't enough to accommodate the masses. We've since had to take our laundry elsewhere, paying nearly 3x the price of what should be offered in our own building.
Both my and my fiancée’s keys barely work to enter our own building, we've called and had to replace two sets over the course of a year, each wearing down faster than the previous sets. We had a mold issue in our bathroom, and the repair man simply painted over the mold. That's it. Just paint.
Not to mention the neighbors above us are six grown men living in a one-bedroom apartment, a clear breach of the Boston Housing Association's tenant living policy, which states no more than three individuals should occupy a 1-bedroom dwelling at any time. We called to report this, and not only did Fineberg have knowledge of this situation, they simply told them to buy a carpet to put down on the floors so it would lessen the noise below. It didn't lessen any noise, and they're still loud, because it's six people living in a 1-bedroom apartment. The building is a glorified frat house, constantly reeking of marijuana at any given time of the day, which isn't exactly refreshing to walk into after a long day of work or when your in-laws are coming to visit. Not to mention that when we moved into the apartment, we were told that this was a family/working professional only building, which has since been proven otherwise on every floor.
There are no pets allowed on the premises, yet there are a number of dogs who live in our building (which we frequently hear barking).
It has been a long, arduous process to try and get Fineberg to repair or make simple upgrades to an apartment that desperately needs them. Whenever we call customer service, we get zero to no help, are met with a rude demeanor and are still required to pay a rent increase at the end of each year for an apartment that isn't nice enough to have a rent increase.
Like I mentioned on the phone, I, as a man, don’t normally mind little things like mice and whatnot. Since living with my fiancée, I’ve realized that if she is fed up and not willing to live in these kind of conditions, considering she really has to stretch her budget to afford living in said apartment, my hands are tied. We have documented all of the calls and follow-ups, as we do want to have the ability to show the countless efforts to make this right.
Ideally, we would like to vacate the premises October 1, 2016, to not only find something a bit more affordable and without mice/mold/laundry, but to allow for Fineberg to update the apartment as it should have been years ago. It is usually not the tenant’s duty to do the following, but we are willing to list the apartment on your behalf and show it, but are looking to meet in the middle. We are looking to not have a ‘lease-breaking’ fee, so when the apartment is listed, the incoming tenants would have to only pay first/last month’s rent, as we did. I feel this type of middle ground would allow for the apartment to be vacated quickly and without any gap in payment.
Submitted: 4 months ago.