Disgruntled Duplex Renters


Friday, March 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


When Carrie Morris moved into her new home, she had no idea what extras would come with it.

Carrie Morris, Duplex Dweller:"The termites, the ants, the swimming pool in the backyard."

Morris says her landlord never disclosed problems with the duplex she and a roommate pay 675 dollars a month to live in.

Even though there are signs that someone has tried to fix some of the most obvious...like bugs and mold.

Morris, Duplex Dweller:"I asked her to come down and she said that the ants and the termites were just a part of my imagination. I'd like to get sleep like everyone else, but when you have ants and termites dropping down on you all day and night. Fire ants are falling from the ceiling onto the bed, and I'm sleeping in the bed, and they're biting me."

According to the Landlord and Tenant Act, landlords are responsible for making all repairs necessary to keep the tenant's home fit and inhabitable.

They're also responsible for maintaining all heating and air conditioning units. Morris says her landlord did neither. Eric Sams says he had similar problems with the same landlord.

Eric Sams, Disgruntled Renter: "I really didn't know what to do, so what I did was I got a copy of the Landlord and Tenant's act."

If a landlord breaches the rental agreement, and the home is rendered uninhabitable or poses a health threat, the tenant may terminate with written notice.

Eric Sams' landlord took him to small claims court because he broke his lease...even though he says he gave a 14-day notice.

Sams: "They had to have known about this water in the vents. They had to have known about the pump in the garage."

And Carrie Morris says - it shouldn't have taken them 4 - 5 months to fill her swimming pool.