Hi how are you today? I am actually a subtenant in a residencial home in Jersey City Heights. I found it through air-bnb, and took it because of the sunny kitchen. The rate we agreed upon is actually very high, but it I don't mind paying it. Only that the other (actual) tenant in the apartment has been so sloppy in the kitchen, and never cleaned now for 19 months, so that it was overrun with ants; that I took care of, but recently I saw a different kind of a bug. I immediately got on his case to clean, but I also wanted an exterminator to come in, and he doesn't want to pay! The exterminator won't come without immediate payment; they don't send the bill to the owner or anything like that. Also, or at least I want him to pay a cleaning person to just do his job for him now after 19 months! Since the rate I'm paying (I've heard from neighbors and friends now) is ridiculously high, I could not bring myself to pay either bill on top of that. Yet this morning he got very angry and aggressive for the first time at the mention of him paying for the cleaner/exterminator. But he does know that it needs to be cleaned, he just procrastinates for weeks and months about doing it. What are my options? He is also a Russian immigrant so he can pretend not to understand!
JA: What state is the property located in? And has anyone consulted a local attorney about this?
Customer: New Jersey, no; I just consulted an exterminator today!
JA: What are the terms of the lease
? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
Customer: No lease; but do you know air-bnb? It presupposes that the host "takes care of the cleanliness of the property"
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's the thing, there is no lease because sub-letting is not actually official, right?