What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Illinois
I rented an apartment from a slumlord. I stopped paying rent after the first month because of 4 major problems I had. If he had fixed the problems I would have paid. I've had several apartments with no problems and I have an excellent credit report. I'm not a bum. He gave me a 5 notice which demanded money for items other than rent, and rent, which seems to be illegal. He threatened that if I didn't pay the money on the 6th day he would forcibly remove me from the apartment, change the locks, and load ALL of my belongings into a truck and destroy or sell them and not use any of the money for past due rent. I looked it up in the lease and it does say all of this IF "rights of possession are terminated," which they would be, so I guess I was stupid for signing that. The other issue is I haven't recieved a copy of the lease signed by both parties. I signed two copies, neither had the landlord or any agent's signature on it. One I have, and one they have unless they lost it. They issued a summons for me and this is probably going to go to court.