Hi there. My fiance and I have been living in our apartment
for about 2 years. More recently we have had our buildings main front door replaced. The previous door was old, and literally so rotten that it was falling off the hinges. The Landlord replaced the door, but the new door is a thin door that has a large glass window, and no exterior lock. The previous door had an exterior lock, the area we live in is not known to be the safest area. Without a proper exterior lock, literally anyone has access to our building. We also have a storage unit in our basement that has not been properly maintained, save for a single lock, I worry that someone could come in at anytime and rob us, or break into our storage unit, or that homeless people squatters could come into our building at anytime. Our lease has a clear policy for no squatting
. We have asked the landlord to replace the lock, but he literally told us today that, "Many residence are not happy that the exterior doors lack locks, and I do not feel the issue is do for concern. The doors will likely not be getting a lock." We have also brought to his attention an increase in smoking. Several of our neighbors
in the building smoke, but we have witnessed some who are smoking in the common area stairway of our building. The leave the windows of the common area stairway open and smoke out the windows. This causes the common area hallways to wreak of smoke, akin to a barber shop, and since they leave the windows open, bugs have been coming in. I have noticed the smoke smell coming into our unit as well. My fiance has asthma, and we own 2 cats. If she inhales too much 2nd hand smoke, she could have an asthma attack. We have addressed concerns about this before to our landlord, the have attempted to stop the situation by sending written notice to the tenements of our building, and even mentioned that fines would occur if they did not comply with the non smoking policy. There are even signs in the common area hallway stating no smoking. The landlord put a smoking receptacle outside our back door, and since then there have visible cigarette butts littered around the door. We told our landlord that this is contradictory to their previous letter, as it encourages tenants to smoke. The landlord stated he could move us to a different unit to move away from the issue, but our lease expires in 5 months, and doing so would mean we would be locked in for another year. Such an action would logistically, and practically not work for us, and we have no desire to remain on with this property.
JA: Because real estate
law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: PA Norristown, PA to be specific
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: legal paperwork, no I filed a maintenance
request asking them to correct the smoking, and to add a lock to the exterior door. it has not been addressed though
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: i don't believe so