Monday, July 26, 2010

Rental Headaches

Well, we have been having some landlord issues. We are renting a beautiful home in WNY, on of three Queen Anne's in a row, right across the road from Lake Erie, and while I NEVER thought I would live in such a house, it's been a headache in the last couple of months. Apparently, the owner's realtor was in a hurry to get a commission and did not carry out their wishes properly, and they did not have proper communication with their own realtor.

Unfortunately, said realtor did us just as much of a disservice as he did his own client. We are dealing with the ramifications of the landlord not wanting to provide what the lease states such as snow removal, water, and trash fees. We had a budget in mind while selecting houses, and these items being included was a major rental point, and had they not been included, this location would have been taken off of our potential rental list.

Also, the landlord hates cats and after we had lived here 3 months brought the issue up of my two cats, and it's been brought up since. We wrote down on our rental application that we had two cats and a little dog. I feel unwelcome here with all manner of issues being brought up such as the cats. They are part of our family and I am not abandoning them for a 2 year lease. Not. Happening.

There are many more issues like her antiques being stored in the house, wanting to come in more than I think necessary, etc,... I am just used to paying my rent and minding my business and that is the end of it. I am not accustomed to having to deal with so many issues, nor do I think I should have to because we are paying GOOD money to live here.

Since she wants to break our lease by refusing to pay for the snow removal (and it is a super long driveway, nothing we could possibly shovel ourselves) I am believing that will free us from the lease as well. She is so nervous about my cats, perhaps she would not argue the case should we decide to move.

This all really is too bad because it's a dream house, and we just moved almost 5 months ago!! The company provided professional movers which we will not have again, so we would be completely on our own as usual. I never dreamed something like this would happen. Not only that, but my kids are all set for school, and one son already started school and I can't move him, what a disruption!!! This is a school he REALLY needs to be in, I can only hope that continuity of schooling would not be an issue if we move out of district. He has an out of district placement, which the current district is paying for. Mike is trying to find out about that today so we know what we are dealing with.

Hubby just got approved for a mortgage today, which I totally did not think would happen for quite some time. What a surprise. The approval, and *supposed* interest rate sound way too good to be true. Are they really that desperate to get people to stop moving out of the area and move in instead? I don't know what to believe. It would certainly be nice to have our OWN house, and one that cuts our rent in HALF at that, as the calculators online are claiming. I guess we shall see where this all takes us, for now I am having a hard time believing what I am hearing. :P


The way I see it, we either have a binding lease or we do not.

If we do, then the landlord is breaking it by refusing to honor the provisions as laid out in the lease we signed. We need to have a free atty consult to be sure on NY state law, but I am thinking this *should* free us from any obligation.?

If we do not, because of the landlord not signing it (as she recently conveniently mentioned, which we had not even noticed) then we also do not have a lease.

I mean it can't be both ways right? We can't be obligated yet the landlord not be obligated on their end right?? hmmmmmm......I'll keep ya posted.

Also, we saw a pretty little house in a very CUTE neighborhood yesterday and it was love at first sight! I want it soooo sooo bad!! Not a bad price at all, and there should be plenty of kids on that street for my boys to make friends with, unlike here. Oh please please, I want it sooo bad!

The very pretty home? We are buying it! The only downside is that it has no garage to get us thru these Brutal Buffalo winters, but we LOVE it. It's very charming and in a cute neighborhood.

Also after a late night phone call with the landlord (she lives in AZ), all is settled and we are free to move without legal hassle. In the meantime we are open to their realtor, possible showings, plumbers and electricians at a moment's notice. God is good! Now once we move, we can stay put for a good while. =)


  1. wow-how stressful. I am sorry for what your family is going through. I hope this works out where you can buy a house in that area. Maybe as the saying goes, when a door shuts, a window opens. I hope everything works out best for your family. Good luck.

  2. Jenn, as stressful as it all sounds, maybe it really is a godsend that you will be able buy your OWN home instead. It certainly sounds as if this woman should NOT be a landlord and that you can certainly break the lease since she will not provide the lease provisions.

  3. Hi Jenn,
    Sorry to hear that about the landlord. Such a nice place and I think Philip is happy visiting you there too. Well, just a thought... I was reading your blog here and scrolled to the bottom and saw "Be still and know that I am God". And I got a "revelation" of sorts....maybe you don't need to do anything at all right now, except sit back and trust in the Lord. Maybe the landlord lady is a bit of a "nervous nelly" and she just needs to vent and pick and then her issues will go away without you having to do anything other than wait it out in faith. Just a thought I got as I am sitting here quietly listening to the music on your blog and reading this. I might be all wrong, but just thought I needed to write this.

  4. Hello you! I am glad to see you blogging again! :) But my heart goes out to you for what you are dealing with! We had a horrible rental situation two times in a row, so I know how it is! It's frustrating, overwhelming, and discouraging! And then satan does use the other stresses seem bigger while you are already dealing with a bigger headache. This is what has been happening with me living where we are. All the little things would get to me because of my situation. And you just want to give up! I've been there!!!! I got your blogging comments this morning - feel free to email me so we can chat. I sent you a letter and hopefully you will get it soon. Don't give up the faith!!! I am praying for you!