Breach of contract by landlord
What is the name of your state?
City: Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
So.. My housemate and I signed a 1 year lease on March 18th, 2005. The lease was arbitrated by a property manager, but the landlord is an individual. We got a call from the property manager yesterday(sort of a courtesy call, since they say the letter is in the mail) that we have 30 days to move since it turned out to be an illegal dwelling. The county inspector was here like two weeks ago so I buy that, but I did ask for documentation on what ordinances were broken. I am planning to write a registered letter to the property manager and landlord, but I am not sure what I am entitled to. Is it reasonable to ask for my rent back due to it not being legal in the first place? I do believe it is reasonable to ask to be relocated at the least. Also, a lawyer has looked at the lease and found nothing in it allowing this, so it is a breach of contract. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Ok but what am i entitled to?
Ok.. but besides this.. what am I actually entitled to here. Also another question is if i can withhold rent while resolving the situation? I was advised by a lawyer to withhold rent at least until I get the deposit back.
Breach of Contract by Landlord
I stopped paying rent because my landlord did not fix something. He ended up taking me to court and I lost. The Judge told me "NEVER stop paying your rent." When it goes to court you can always get your money back but if you stop paying rent, you default on your agreement no matter what the landlord does.
So don't stop paying your rent! It will end up costing you more like for atty fees and court costs.