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What is the name of your state? Massachusetts

I have a month-to-month lease agreement, signed on April 23rd, 2006. Move in date on the lease was for June 1st 2006.

The apartment is in a building that is/was under construction. A couple (literally two) days before move-in I stopped by to make sure everything was all set. Landlord asked if he could have a few extra days...

It is now July 27th 2006. For the last two months I've been told "next week" "on Wednesday" etc about moving in. He even gave me keys and allowed me to move things in (with a deposit down). He hasn't called me once giving me an update, I have to call every single time or stop by.

It is the tail-end of July and this has wasted my entire summer. I didn't take a vacation because I expected to be moving and needing to tend to that. Not to mention he didn't wire the building for cable or phone (no wires whatsoever). Also, there is one other apartment in the building (besides his residence) and that has been done for MONTHS and the people just signed a lease to rent it for August 1st, yet I've been signed up and waiting for MONTHS.

What can I ask for since this has been such an nuisance? Especially since he has flat out lied to me for the last month about electrical, plumbing, fire inspections (when they were going to be done) and that my apartment has been finished. Can I ask for a rent reduction? Pro-rate rent? Can I state that because he didn't wire the apartment for cable I have to go out of my way to get television service?

I am losing my mind, thank god my current landlord has let me stay for the two (possibly more?) extra months. What do I do? I feel helpless. Also, wording on how to ask could help too, I am just... so incredibly frustrated for words.

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