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Landlady died - I need help!

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I have rented a house in Kentucky since 1996. My landlady recently died and her son and daughter are taken over property as landlords. They sent me notice with the tile "Deceased Landladys Trust and then ther names" on May 2, 2001. It stated that the lanlady died and when and that they would like to scedule a "walkthrough" with an appraiser but they are not planning on selling at this time. They gave me new location to drop off rent BUT they want it to be dropped off BEFORE the 1st of each month which I cannot do. They have given us until August 1st,2001 to rearrange our monies to be able to do this but I know we will not be able to do this. Also, they sent copy of new rental lease that has not been filled in with regards to rental amount etc and they added late fees for $25.00+$5 per day until rent paid. I don not agree with somethings in this. My deceased landlady and I had a lease back in 1996 and it was on month-to-month basis after 1997 and is still that way now. Do I have to sign this new lease or should I just move out? I think they will try to keep my deposit also. I am worried that if I refuse to sign they will kick us out. I am trying to find a new place to rent but I may need to stay here for a while longer and I don't want any problems I know for a FACT that we cannot pay BEFORE the 1st and also I have a paper signed by the daughter that states that we have until the 8th to pay each month. Please help me know what my rights are. Thank you. All help is appreciated.



with NO lease what they are asking for is fair....

Take some days off from work and find a new place to live!

No much else you can do. Exceopt take lots of pictures of the apartment before you leave, and sue them in small claims court for your deposit back.


Thank you for replying. I am looking for a new place everyday now. Yes, I do think that the late fees are fair but I cannot pay before the 1st and the paper she signed before stated that I may pay before the 8th. Anyway, I have decided to talk with her when she comes for the "walkthrough" and see if she may let us either sign a lease for a smaller amount of time instead of a year or to not sign any lease and still agree to late fees because I may need to move really quickly IF I get this particular house I have looked at. Either way, I will try to maintain good relations with the new landlords. Again thank you for replying! Also, I looked up Ky laws and found something about holding over. It was KRS 383.160 which would entitle me to stay until October--I think which is when I orig. signed in 1996. Do you happen to be familiar with this particular revised statue? (sry dont know what it is called):)


When rent is due is governed by your rental agreement. Evidently, you had a lease which expired and turned into a month-to-month agreement with all the same terms as before. So for now, your rent is due as before.

But the new owners can notify you of a change in terms, and you will have to comply.

You only hope is to try to discuss it with the new landlords and try to work out some solution with them.

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