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    dealing with apartment landlords...

    So my friend is a single mom with a 2yr daughter and she lives in an apartment here in des moines. Sounds like the person or company who owns her apartment building really suck a lot and don't like to fix things.

    i don't know all the details just yet because i havn't been to her place in awhile, but i guess her AC unit(not central air) is barely doing anything and her sink is broken and they won't come fix it. If i have to i'll fix her sink and buy her a new AC unit but i'm assuming the owner should take care of that.

    So my question is, if they won't fix the sink and replace the AC unit, who do i call to report them?

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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Speak with the City of Des Moines Housing/Inspection division.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    sorry for being ignorant here, but i can't seem to find a website or number to call. this is the closest i was able to find, is this correct?

    Community Development - Neighborhood Inspections

    thx!



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    1. Have her draft a letter to the management company listing what is broken and needs fixed. Sign and date. (cite the lease and the landlord's responsibility)
    2. If no response, send another a week later.
    3. If no response you have documentation of your requests and much more leverage when dealing with the landlords. You can basically leave your lease and get your deposit back if nothing is done. **you have the right to your deposit. getting it back may be another issue**

    Give that a shot.


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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    So my friend is a single mom with a 2yr daughter and she lives in an apartment here in des moines. Sounds like the person or company who owns her apartment building really suck a lot and don't like to fix things.

    i don't know all the details just yet because i havn't been to her place in awhile, but i guess her AC unit(not central air) is barely doing anything and her sink is broken and they won't come fix it. If i have to i'll fix her sink and buy her a new AC unit but i'm assuming the owner should take care of that.

    So my question is, if they won't fix the sink and replace the AC unit, who do i call to report them?
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    I may be wrong but I think if AC hasn't been worked on 3 days after she notifies them her lease may be void and she is free to move out after giving a notice. Not even close to 100% on this but it would be something to look into.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    i told her to find her lease and we'll sit down and go though it and go from there. It just really bothers me that she has a little girl and the AC isn't doing it's job. and i think it'll be a hot summer...

    thank you for the advice guys.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Read the lease agreement and Iowa Code (paticularly 526A.15 and 526A.21):

    See: Iowa Tenant Law Assistance

    I would hire an attorney before attempting to terminate the lease; it's not as simple as others on this board have suggested.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Quote Originally Posted by delt4cy View Post
    1. Have her draft a letter to the management company listing what is broken and needs fixed. Sign and date. (cite the lease and the landlord's responsibility)
    2. If no response, send another a week later.
    3. If no response you have documentation of your requests and much more leverage when dealing with the landlords. You can basically leave your lease and get your deposit back if nothing is done. **you have the right to your deposit. getting it back may be another issue**

    Give that a shot.
    Send it registered mail (I think that's what it's called) -- you'll get signature proof of receipt.

    Of course, if you do this, you are taking the first formal legal steps, and that will definitely lose goodwill from your landlord.


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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Quote Originally Posted by TedKumsher View Post
    Send it registered mail (I think that's what it's called) -- you'll get signature proof of receipt.

    Of course, if you do this, you are taking the first formal legal steps, and that will definitely lose goodwill from your landlord.
    Certified mail.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    well i don't think she wants to terminate the lease or anything, just get a new AC unit and the sink fixed.

    If the management won't fix it, is there really nothing that can be done except fix it ourselves?



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    well i don't think she wants to terminate the lease or anything, just get a new AC unit and the sink fixed.

    If the management won't fix it, is there really nothing that can be done except fix it ourselves?
    If management won't fix it, they aren't living up to the terms of their lease.

    If your friend refused to pay rent, would her landlord hesitate to move her and her possessions curbside? Probably not. Why should the landlord expect to be treated any differently? Legal documents, unless drafted as such, are not "one way" documents, and lease agreements are just yet another legal document.


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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Send the letters as a start. You won't harm any goodwill imo, keep in mind, she is the "client" not the other way around. By not fixing it they are diminishing goodwill. But....if it's only a few days just give it time, if that turns into a few weeks then I'd be peeved.

    Here's a comical approach if eventually they refuse to fix.

    Fix it yourself and deduct the cost from her monthly rent. Send receipts and copies of letter requests. (probably not the best solution)



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Have someone fix the AC and send the bill to the landlord.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    Being a landlord myself, there is no law or code against not providing A/C.(unless promised in the lease or can be proven it was provided) It is not the same as heat, water, essentials which is required. The sink is another thing and sounds like a slumlord. I would take the first chance to get out, but I'm assuming its chap and thats why she's there. You typically get what you pay for.



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    Re: dealing with apartment landlords...

    There should be some kind of language in the lease agreement about maintanence I would think. Just threaten action if they don't make the repairs by a certain date that they are in breach of the lease agreement and you'll take action to terminate the agreement. I would think that would get their attention enough because an empty apartment doesn't make them any money.

    With deadbeat landlords you have to sometimes play hardball else they'll just walk all over you. The lease agreement is there to protect both landlord and tennant so call them out when they fail to meet their terms of the agreement and threaten action if they do not fulfill their part of the terms they agreed to.


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