My son & his girlfriend just moved into a rental located in Ybor City, Tampa, FL. Prior to moving in the landlord had written, first month & last month $1,700 due. They explained they did not have that and would need to wait a little longer before they would have that kind of money. There was a verbal agreement between the three that they could pay down the last month over time. The still didn't have the $850 for the first month, however, she accepted $425 and has been getting $100 each week. Now the plumbing is a major issue, raw suage backing up into the tub. They called the landlord buth the landlord told them they would need to give her the last month's rent before she could have the issue fixed. This, I believe, is a health hazard and a potential code enforcement issue. They told the landlord they were not going to pay any additional monies until it was repaired. It was neve disclosed to them prior to signing the lease that there were plumbing issues. Do they have any recourse? Thank you much.
Thank you for the reply. She has told them that she is filing an eviction notice with her lawyer. They, of course, are beyond frightened. She knows they are just starting out.
Thanks again, I greatly appreciate it.
Thanks again, you have been a tremendous help. Have a wonderful day.
One more question if I may. I just explained the information you gave me to my son & his girlfriend. Code enforcement has been out to review the problem and has started a case. When you say put the landlord on notice, they just need to write her a letter explaining the plumbing issue and that they will not pay any additional monies until the problem is repaired? Or are they required to continue to pay? I've never dealt with this before. Thank you.
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