What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Ohio
I will try to be brief. I am currently a tenant in a property I believe will be condemned very soon. It is a side by side duplex. On the other side lives my mother in law. We were the ones who complained and reported the property to the City Of Cleveland because the LL would not make any repairs. The both have a month to month oral agreement, and the only time we saw the LL was when rent was due. An inspector came to the house on September 3, 2010. She inspected both sides of the duplex and found numerous violations, inside and out. My family and I have plans to move very soon, however it has proved very trying to find a place. I've been searching for over a month.
My LL gave me a 3-day-notice the day after the Inspector came. My rent wasn't even due yet, but he states the eviction is for non-payment. I'm not worried about that, he hasn't started any proceedings, I haven't received any paperwork. I believe he did that because the Inspector came out.
Back on point... My neighbors, who have lived in the house next door for over 20 years, know my LL personally. Today, I was told by this neighbor that in speaking with the LL today on the telephone, he informed her that this property has been cited with 45 (yes, you read that right, FORTY FIVE) separate violations. He has not informed us, his tenants. Isn't he obligated to do that? Also, we have not received anything from the City regarding the violations, so we don't know where we stand as tenants. I've been getting the complete run around from the Housing Code folks. I believe I'm going to actually have to show up to the office to get a copy of the Violations Notice.
My questions are simply this. What are my rights as a tenant if this property is deemed uninhabitable? How long will I have to move? Is the landlord obligated to provide a place for us (hotel, motel) until I find somewhere to live? Will I be made to leave immediately? I have been looking online for answers for hours, that's how I came across this wonderful site. Please help!!