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If I signed an Arizona Residential real estate lease

If I signed an Arizona Residential real estate lease agreement without being able to ever view the apartment it pertained to prior to my signing even though I asked, because the property manager that was taking my signature had to leave and pick up her children from the babysitter, could the lease agreement be voidoable? After she left and I went to see the apartment for the first time, I was sick because The View was of a water treatment plant it was on the fourth floor and I have a fear of heights, etc. etc. That night I called left a voice message for the property manager who took my signature and told her that I did not want to lease this property for several important reasons the most important being my health, I have bad knees and couldn't walk as far as it took to get from any available parking space to the elevator and then walking down the entire length of the building to get to my apartment. Carrying groceries would have been out of the question for me. The next reason was that no one told me that my view would be a water treatment plant even though when I asked I was told my view would be of a desert preserve and mountains. The property managers reply the next morning to my request for canceling was that I had three options - I could stay where I was and forget about it comma move to another apartment or they would terminate me for the sum of $3,300. She knew full well that it hadn't even been 12 hours since I signed the contract and she wasn't willing to do anything other than make it difficult for me as you can see by the above stated situation. I'm wondering if I have any recourse because I never physically inspected or saw the apartment and furthermore I never signed a waiver of such. What rights do I have as a tenant regarding this matter?Thank you in advance,Martha Pederson

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Christopher B, Esq.

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I have lived in a VA rental house since October 1, 2013

I have lived in a VA rental house since October 1, 2013 through a property management company. In Fall 2015, I was told that the house was going on the market to be sold, but through negotiation they allowed me to stay until June 30, 2016, which was a better time for them to sell, so we signed a one page 10-month lease extension.We had a discussion about me buying a house and the owner was still selling the house 60 days prior to the end of the extension lease. We even had discussion about me buying this house. In my mind, this was notice on both ends and the lease was terminated properly.In May, I decided to wait until December (the property manager even wanted me to use her in December when I bought) to buy and was struggling to find a new rental at the end of May. At the end of May beginning of June (the month of the end of my lease), I asked if I could stay a month or so so longer because I had not found another short term rental. The property manager said she would ask the owner. She eventually came back and said that they weren't selling and I could stay. I said that if she finally redid the bathroom by September (which I had been promised for almost 2 years) that I would stay until December. The bathroom has not been done and we never did another lease extension, so I assumed this became a month to month agreement since both parties had terminated the lease...me to buy and the owner because she was selling 60 days prior.Yesterday, I gave a 30 day notice -- September being my last full month. The property manager said my lease renewed at the the end of July for a year (I have since sent her the lease renewal that ended in June, not July). I reminded her that I had been planning on buying on December and that she had even asked to be my relator and that we had terminated the original lease because the owner was selling. And the month that my lease expired, she said I could stay longer (we had already terminated the lease at this point) so I thought it was month to month. She asked where I got off thinking that 30 days was sufficient since she couldn't get another tenant that quickly, to which I referred to VA tenant landlord laws. Since we had no signed month to month lease with a mandatory notice time, what I read online indicated that giving 30 days (a full calendar month) was appropriate. I found another place to rent.These communications were all via text which I don't have, but I have not told the property manager that they have been deleted -- I referred her to look back at them to refresh her memory.So my question is:1) Since the house I'm renting was going on the market and the manager knew I was buying one more than 60 days prior, was this proper notice?2) When entering an extension for a few months on certain terms that weren't met and without signed paperwork (and after a termination), is this considered month-to-month?3) I found another property and they can't approve me because the are waiting for verification from my current landlord. This is holding me up. Can she do this?4) What are my next steps?

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Christopher B, Esq.

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We recently moved into a house 3 weeks ago and discovered

We recently moved into a house 3 weeks ago and discovered black mold that was not disclosed to us prior to moving in and was not seen on inspection (it was behind baseboards). We are concerned for our health. Our landlord is dragging his feet and does not want to address the issue. Is it breach of warranty/contract if he does not fix it/investigate it? What are our options?

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RealEstateAnswer

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I have to break a lease because 1) there is a crazy guy

I have to break a lease because1) there is a crazy guy living downstairs2) the landlord and his worker have come into my apartment unannounced, and with no notice more than once3) the stairs have crumbled, raining cement, and all they did was patch it up with more cement4) mice and cockroachesAnd the landlord keeps taking money and threatening me with a lawsuit for more money. I also lost my copy of the lease. What do I do?

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texlawyer

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I live in Flower Mound and spend $1600 in rent and I have

Hi, I live in Flower Mound and spend $1600 in rent and I have had several issues with the apartment we live in. We have had a several insect issues and now this past week my little boy's room has black mold all over the bottom part of the wall. To top it all off when maintenance came to work on the wall they opened the window and took the screen off and let a rat or rats in. I heard something early this morning and I saw in the corner of the door to our apartment had been damaged as if something was trying to get out. I would like to know what rights do I have and what steps should I take because we just renewed our lease in May and we are having all these issues?

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Roger

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I just want to know what I can do now. I rented the

Hi, I just want to know what I can do now. I rented the apartment with 2 of my friends, and one of them invite a friend to our apartment, and his friends smoke outside and we don't know. We have told him this property doesn't allow to smoke. And the property manager wants to sue us because he took the photos of that friend who doesn't live here smoking in the parking lot.JA: Can you tell me what state this is in? And do you know who owns the lot?Customer: We are in Iowa state, and the property manager owns the lot.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: Not yet.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Our friend is also the friend of another tenant for their property, and he visited both of us that day. But the property manager only said he will sue us.

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Barrister

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Ely We live in Texas. My son just signed a year lease and

Hi Ely We live in Texas. My son just signed a year lease and paid a deposit and 1st months rent. My son said the landlord made unwanted sexual advances toward him but he said he was straight and thought that would be the end of it but now that he has signed the lease and paid, the landlord has continued and increased these unwanted sexual advances. We want to move him out and get his money back and break the lease. He has been there 2x in the afternoon and has not slept a night there yet. He just signed the lease last week. I've already texted the landlord and told him we would like a refund and he has refused.We have texts and witnesses to the landlord advances. What can we do to get his money back?

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Thelawman2

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I am a landlord in maryland. i have tenants in a one year

i am a landlord in maryland. i have tenants in a one year lease with no cancellation clause. they contacted us last night to tell us that they are buying a house and are moving out in november, but their lease doesn't end until june 1. what are my rights?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: marylandJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: we are open to an agreement with the tenants to terminate the lease early, but we would like to keep their security deposit or charge them a one month's rent early termination fee. is that within our rights? how do we go about creating the agreement with them?

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Barrister

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I am curious of my legal standing in disputing a termination

I am curious of my legal standing in disputing a termination of lease, including no penalties, and non-payment of further rent while vacating.8 months into a 12 month lease we had a City of Portland inspector from the Bureau of Developmental Services inspect our apartment for possible code violations. This was prompted by mold on our bathroom ceiling and my inclination was they were in violation. I bathroom has neither a window, nor a vent. Regardless of mold, which was covered in their mold addendum, it creates a hospitable environment for such and no way to properly manage it.The city report also covered some 15 violations, 4 of which were health, safety sanitation violations. Including construction being made without permits. Our apartment was not deemed unlivable but these issues are extremely concerning nonetheless.I have proposed the solution of our 30 days notice commencing on written approval of their agreement to no contractual early termination penalty, full refund of our deposit, and non payment of rent during our process of vacating.I am curious of our legal grounds moving forward, i do not wish to seek damages beyond what i have outlined in our separation agreement. I would like to move forward with finding and securing a new apartment to live in, without making a hasty uninformed decision.

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