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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

can I break my lease and get me deposit back if....?

One of the other tenants in my condo does illegal drugs on the premises as well as distributes them to others. I was told this place was drug-free. can I legally get out of my 6 month lease that I just started a week ago? as well as get my deposit back? HOW?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    What he meant was that he is attempting to keep the property drug free, he may not have even been aware of the drug dealing. Once proper proof has been given your landlord should evict them, if he doesn't then you can seek to break your lease and request your deposit back.

    You need to document the drug problem before the landlord can proceed to remove the offending tenant from the premises. Without the police being phoned and confirming the drug dealing legally you can't break the lease nor can he try to evict the drug dealing tenant. There must be proof, your word is not considered proof. Here is how you must proceed.

    You need to call your police departments narcotics office. They will keep you annonomous. Make sure you make it clear to them that you are deeply concerned about your safety. Tell them everything that you have seen or heard. They should assign someone to the case. Ask them if there has ever been any reports filed on that apartment before, as you are trying to ensure your landlord is aware of the drug traffic. If so write down the report # and date information, so the landlord can get this documentation. They may need to get back to you with some of the information after they look it up. Call them everytime you see any activity, this will help them stay on the ball.

    Once a police report has been filed. Once they have documented the drug activity through whatever methods they decide to use, then you can send a certified letter to your landlord. You can request he evict the people as soon as legally possible. You can tell him that such and such detective with the police department has found sound proof, etc. You expect action to be taken or you will have just cause to break your lease and receive a refund of your deposit.

    Most landlords will get rid of the tenant as soon as they can, they don't want this type of traffic on their property. It's not good for rent and property values. But they have to have solid proof through the police or ATF, otherwise they can not seek eviction through the courts. Without proof you are not entitled to getting your deposit back or legally break your lease if he does not proceed with evicting the offending tenants. Your word alone is not proof.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A person has the right to live in a safe/drug free environment. If this person lives in the same condo with you then you can legally break the lease. As for your deposit, I am not sure about that. I would write a letter to the property management stating the reason you want out of the lease, and request your deposit be returned to you. Send it with a signature requested by the postal service. This will be proof that you sent the letter. Keep a copy for yourself.

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  • 3 years ago

    it really is difficult. you probable did not get their promise that there should be no smoke scent in writing, and they're going to say the front table individual isn't the guy in fee. i do not imagine you are able to smash the employ without going to court docket, and it may take better than small claims in case you signed a employ. call an lawyer on your section and ask about your rights. in case you adore the living house, you should target negotiating with the corporate to have better than $one hundred taken off your employ. call round to work out how a lot cleaners fee. If the living house replaced into filthy, it ought to have taken better than $one hundred to have it wiped clean. have you ever requested the owner to color the walls because there replaced into raw spackle on them? ought to they assist you paint in case you make the most of the same coloration and type of paint they use? also, see if the owner pays for pro carpet cleansing. this may get the smoke scent out, and it truly is something it truly is automatically finished between tenants. between the excuses you pay a secure practices deposit is so the owner can sparkling the living house once you go away. you do not get your deposit again until eventually the living house is sparkling.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They told you it was drug free meaning drugs are not tolerated. The owner of the complex is not responsible for the actions of tenants unless he knows about it. Report this to the manager.

    No, you won't get out of the lease that way.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If one of the primary assumptions of the lease was that the property was "drug-free" then yes, you can. If it was not, though, the law allows some breathing room for landlords because the landlord can't control *everything* that occurs on the premises.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Have you spoken to your property manager or anyone at the housing committee (if your complex has one)? They may not be aware of the problem. If you just ask they may be willing to refund your monies, otherwise call the police, make sure to get a report and have everything in writing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ever tried calling the cops?

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  • 1 decade ago

    The main thing is it would have to be in writing.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes u can! talk to the person you pay your rent to.

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