Interesting...If we decide to stay after the repairs are done, can he have a property manager visit the property on a monthly basis to inspect it? And is the property manager able to enter the property while we are not present?
I have another question. The damage is currently being repaired. The landlord is being very slow about repairing the damages. We have been out of the house for almost 2 months now. As of right now, carpets and new flooring needs to be layed down. Nothing serious. This is work that can be done while we are living in the house - but the landlord does not want us to return to the home until all of the work is completed and he approves it. Can he legally keep us out of the house until he decides he wants us to return while we are incurring hotel expenses? Or can we move back in while they are finishing the remaining repair work?
Until the work is complete, the landlord can reasonably claim that the property is unfit for occupancy, and the local building inspector would probably support this position. So, I think the landlord would win this round.
Again, at some point, the landlord's delay becomes a constructive eviction -- and you can simply terminate the lease and move elsewhere. When that moment arrives is something only you can decide. Hope this helps.
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