Hi, Cecile, Thank you for your additional information,
There is a Greek saying which would suffer tremendously in the translation, but it is used to wish someone a very happy time because they are welcoming home a loved one. The closest I can get to it is by saying, "Congratulations and have the best of times with your son." You must be very proud of him as well you should be and as we all are for those men who are brave enough to serve our country and maintain the peace that most of us take for granted.
Cecile, you will not be evicted. I am not saying that they would not try, but they would lose and fall flat on their face and here is why - Please allow me to give you some legal principles relating to real estate law.
1. There is an implied warranty in every lease that the Lessee shall, during the lease term, have quiet use and enjoyment of the demised premises with all appurtenances;
2. A Lessor warrants to the Lessee that all appurtenances are in good working order and repair;
3. If, after notice from Lessee, Lessor fails to make repairs within a reasonable amount of time, Lessee shall give notice to Lessor that Lessee shall make such reasonable repairs and deduct the cost of said repairs from the rent;
4. Upon expiration of the lease term and any renewals thereof, Lessee shall return to Lessor the demised premises in the same condition as the demised premises were delivered to Lessee at the commencement of the lease term, ordinary wear and tear excepted;
5. If Lessee installs any element, thing, or article in the demised premises that would cause damage if removed, then said installed element, thing, or article shall become part of the demised premises and shall not be removed upon Lessee's vacating the demised premises.
Now, in plain English, these principles mean that if property is rented with certain features which are covered by the rent, then those features must be maintained in good working order for the tenant. Although almost everything is negotiable, in the absence of language to the contrary, certain repairs are the responsibility of the Landlord and certain repairs are the responsibility of the tenant. As a general rule, items which are attached to the leased property such as windows, doors, dishwashers, etc. are the responsibility of the landlord. Certain items such as light bulbs and similar items which are not permanently affixed to the property are the responsibility of the tenant.
If the property that you rent came with a dishwasher (and, necessarily is included in the rent), then you are entitled to a dishwasher that is in good working order and repair. If it broke and you gave notice to the landlord (Or, the landlord's rental agent) and it was not repaired within a reasonable amount of time, then you, as the tenant who is paying the rent for property whose description includes a dishwasher, have the right to inform the landlord that you will make the necessary repairs and deduct the cost of such repairs from the rent. If the item is very old and the tenant wishes to update it, or have a newer model installed, you, as the tenant, can purchase such item, have it installed, but must leave it in the property when you vacate, if its removal would cause damage to the property. In the alternative, if the item can be removed and the original item reinstalled without damaging the property, then you can take the new dishwasher with you and have the old dishwasher that came with the property, reinstalled.
If the rental agent wants to give you a hard time and not only threatens to evict you, but actually commences eviction proceedings in Landlord-Tenant Court, using the excuse that you installed a new dishwasher in the property, I can almost guarantee you 1,000% that they will lose because:
1. You rented the property with a dishwasher, but the dishwasher saw better days and was constantly breaking. The rental agents were not very conscientious about making repairs within a reasonable amount of time;
2. By installing the new dishwasher, you enhanced the value of the property, if you chose to leave it there when you moved;
3. If you intend to take the dishwasher with you and you still have the old one which came with the property, then you can reinstall the old dishwasher and you will be able to return the property to the landlord in the same condition it was given to you, ordinary wear and tear excepted.
Therefore, the excuse that the rental agent would give in the paperwork to you and the Court for seeking to evict you is not a basis for any eviction at all. Whoever threatened you with eviction because of the dishwasher issue either did so in an attempt to intimidate you, or they simply failed real estate 101.
Do not worry, do not feel intimidated or threatened, enjoy your son, enjoy the July 4th holiday and all that it stands for, and use disposable plates :)
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