Real Estate Law

Have real estate law questions? Ask a real estate lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My landlord is doing major construction in the basement for…

Customer Question
My landlord is doing...

My landlord is doing major construction in the basement for seepage and leakage that I've had to clean up for years everytime it rains. This will be going on for 3 to 4 weeks. People will be carting in equipment through the living room and carting out debris like cement out through the room. My washer and dryer has been disconnected for this time and she has raised my rent $250. a month. I told her I would pay the raise when all the work was completed and everything put back to normal. She refused to negotiate the increase. She also refuses to accept putting off the increase till the work is done. My living space has been reduced quite a bit and my townhouse will be in an uproar everyday for 3 to 4 weeks. I refused to pay the increase but have paid the regular payment. Am I wrong here? What else can I do?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

I am in Highland Park, Illinois.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No, but what would be filed or reported?

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I had boxes in the basement that I had to get a mover and storage place for. Mnay boxes and items were destroyed due to 2 bad rains and a drain overage in July. My landlord would not help in sharing the payment for any of this.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
9/8/2017
Real Estate Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
Infolawyer
Infolawyer, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 61,607
Experience: Experienced lawyer
Verified
On review of your facts, you have a good case. There is no basis to contest your position, which apparently is simply being pursued in bad faith against facts and law. You want to prepare your case by creating a time line starting from the earliest event. For each event, write down key details and witnesses and if there is a document that relates to it, save it and refer to it. This timeline can be very valuable in narrating your case and presenting it later in a concrete and specific way.If you sue in court you may end up with a judgment. The judgment generally allows you to levy on bank accounts, lien real estate and work with the sheriff office civil enforcement division. Many lawsuits result in settlement - which expect the judge to encourage. You stand to recover not only your actual losses (compensatory damages) but also interest, costs and legal fees. on occasion special damages (punitive damages) are also available.martindale.com and findlaw.com are both excellent lookup directories. Both highly rated. Both used by lawyers. Easy to search and find local options. By being prepared and pressing your claim, the other side should feel the pressure and consider the risk of losing and legal fees. That realization can help bring about a settlement!Please let me know if the reply is acceptable by responding "yes" or "acceptable"
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
what basis would a lawsuit be on?
Real Estate Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
Failure to compensate for losses incurred and interference with habitability and quiet enjoyment, failure to cure.Please let me know if the reply is acceptable by responding "yes" or "acceptable"
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
not acceptable
Real Estate Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
if I can elaborate on anything, just ask me.
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Tina Your Own Question
Tina
Tina
Tina, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 5,436
5,436 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 17 years of legal experience including real estate law.

Tina is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

5,436 satisfied customers

17 years of legal experience including real estate law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

11,126 satisfied customers

17 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

61,607 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

7,559 satisfied customers

Texas Attorney for 30 years dealing in real estate

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

6,207 satisfied customers

I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

Dimitry Esquire

Dimitry Esquire

Attorney

5,526 satisfied customers

JA Mentor, multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation & admin

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,925 satisfied customers

Qualified attorney in private practice including business, family, criminal, and real estate issues.

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
A landlord signed the attached agreement with a real estate
A landlord signed the attached agreement with a real estate to rent a few apartments. The landlord has his own listing on streeteasy that state by owner no fee. a secondary real estate contacted the o… read more
Lori
Lori
Juris Doctor
1,324 satisfied customers
Have a small real estate transaction for a small commercial
Have a small real estate transaction for a small commercial property in Lorain, Ohio. Presently renting this facility to tenant that now wishes to purchase. It is on its own parcel and is adjoining a … read more
Michael Gonzalez
Michael Gonzalez
JD
580 satisfied customers
I think a person failed to be honest in a real estate
I think a person failed to be honest in a real estate situation … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
Can an attorney in local govenemnt sponsor real estate
Can an attorney in local govenemnt sponsor real estate agents as if he was a real estate broker? … read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
19,574 satisfied customers
Real Estate What are the odds that a home sells better if it
Real Estate What are the odds that a home sells better if it is empty except for a few staged items ...like a picture or 2 and some bathroom towels? What else would you suggest?… read more
Michael
Michael
Research Librarian
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
117 satisfied customers
Is it legal to purchase commercial real estate with just a
Is it legal to purchase commercial real estate with just a closing attorney? … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
What is the statute of limitations for a real estate deal in
What is the statute of limitations for a real estate deal in Minnesota? … read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
Yesterday I signed a Real Estate contract with a broker.
Yesterday I signed a Real Estate contract with a broker. Today a friend of mine says he wants to buy my house. Can I get out of the real estate contract? It has not even been 24 hours since I signed. … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
Are you familiar with Texas real estate and contract law.
Are you familiar with Texas real estate and contract law … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,559 satisfied customers
In a transaction involving a "gift of real estate" there is
In a transaction involving a "gift of real estate" there is no consideration (it's a gift). If the gift deed is recorded is it protected from third party claims or can it be challenged because there w… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
Real estate Question Can you define “wholesale real estate”
Real estate Question Can you define “wholesale real estate” & “Bandit”sign? Also, are bandit signs legal in Michigan?… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,942 satisfied customers
Need a real estate lawyer in city. I signed a real estate
I signed a real estate contract without my thinking through but would like to cancel the contract. what can I do without getting sued? … read more
TaxAttorneytoHelp
TaxAttorneytoHelp
Owner
Doctoral Degree
2,542 satisfied customers
What is the statute of limitations on a real estate
What is the statute of limitations on a real estate transaction that is based on an earlier created FORGED Deed. … read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
7,834 satisfied customers
Is an Agreement for the Sale of Commercial Real Estate
Is an Agreement for the Sale of Commercial Real Estate binding if only the Husband signs the Agreement although both the husband and wife are on the deed for the property … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
7,559 satisfied customers
I ENTERED INTO A RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CONTRACT WHICH
Second opinion] I ENTERED INTO A RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CONTRACT WHICH ALLOWED ME A 10 DAY PERIOD TO OBTAIN AN INSPECTION. THE INSPECTION DISCOVERD MAJOR STRUCTURAL & ROOF DAMAGE (OVER $25,000} WHICH… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,942 satisfied customers
I ENTERED INTO A RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CONTRACT WHICH
I ENTERED INTO A RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE CONTRACT WHICH ALLOWED ME A 10 DAY PERIOD TO OBTAIN AN INSPECTION. THE INSPECTION DISCOVERD MAJOR STRUCTURAL & ROOF DAMAGE (OVER $25,000} WHICH WAS NOT FULLY D… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
11,126 satisfied customers
Does a real estate investment fund need a real estate
Does a real estate investment fund need a real estate license to operate? The crowd funding company's real estate broker license was suspended since 11/11/2017 due to several violations that was broug… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I have a question regarding real estate damaged by a
I have a question regarding real estate damaged by a hurricane that the insurance company refuses to pay for repair. It's a water front condo in Florida.… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x