I lost my home to foreclosure due to loosing my job last year, I rented a small one bedroom dump from LL realty for $495 a month, a 6 month lease, which froze up hard during a cold snap and became untenable on the second month. After 7 days of nothing from them they finally called me and asked me to come into the office to talk about moving me, since they had no estimate as to when they would have water service restored. They tried to get me to sign a 12 month lease on several places ranging from $900-$750 a month, plus deposits etc,,,
We finally agreed on one for $595 that had been empty for several months, and had been offered at $900. The agreement was that I could stay there till my lease ran out at the other place that I had to vacate in freezing cold weather, and that my deposit would transfer and no further deposit would be required. Once the lease had expired on the first place they said the rent was going to $900, when I said okay, I'll just move out, they came back with an offer to rent it at $750 if I would stay. There was nothing in writing and we were on an honor system. I agreed verbally to rent month to month at $750.
There was a huge tree falling apart in the back yard, due to a lack of water, which rendered the back yard almost useless. During the hot summer months I began to receive notices on my door that I needed to water the grass and pull weeds according to my lease agreement. At this point there was no lease agreement, but it had been included in the original lease, at $595. There were no weeds to pull but there were dead rose bushes that had died during a previous tenants stay. So I trimmed back the rose bushes and began to water the grass by hand with a water hose.
I had put in a verbal request for them to get the tree branches out of the back yard, they had sent a man over to look at it and put in a bid. I heard nothing more of this till the following month when they again posted a notice on my door that I needed to water the grass and pull weeds. Since the front yard was now fine due to my watering the grass with a garden hose, I was left with the idea that they were referring to the back yard. I called to tell them the sprinkler system still doesn't work.
The sprinkler guy came by and immediately started scolding me because the sprinklers were turned off, I informed him that they were turned off becuase it doesn't work, some of the heads would shoot straight up between the brush into the air, flooding parts of the lawn while others would not do anything for lack of pressure, and since I was responsible for the ridiculously high water bill I had turned it off. He took one look at the brush pile that was the back yard and said he couldn't even get to the sprinklers to work on them. He left and that was the end of that.
I Called LL realty and spoke to Candice, to inquire of the status of the tree trimming and brush removal, she informed me that the Landlord would not pay to have the brush removed as I wasn't even paying the full $900 in rent even though she had accepted the verbal agreement. I asked her to check with the Landlord to see if she would agree to buy me a small chainsaw and that I would do it,,,She answered incredulously "You want to keep the chain saw!!!" I said well yes, it's only $100 and it's not my tree or my yard. To which she replied well she's not going to go for that...
Nothing more was heard about the tree, the usless back yard or the sprinkler system, till the following month when they again posted a "Watering and weeds" notice on my door. At which time I purchased the chain saw, spent hours of my time and paid a young lad to help me cut up the tree and rake up all the sticks etc, and hauled it all off to the dump and paid to dump it, 6 pickup loads at $18 each. When I submitted the dump receipts for reimbursement I was told that it wasn't going to happen.
The following month I was 15 days late paying the rent, when I did go in to pay, I asked and was told oh no there are no late charges. So I just paid the verbally agreed upon amount of $750. The following month I was again 15 days late paying the rent, only this time I had a notice that said I owed $540 on my door, so I paid $540,,,
Candice called a couple days later and spoke to my girlfriend, who was not on the original lease agreement, and had no authority to negotiate with the Realtor on my behalf, but nonetheless cited the notice which had been posted on the door, at which time Candice had told my girl that she would look into the possibility of a clerical error. That was the end of that. The last I heard of it.
The following month, Nov, when I was again late on the rent, instead of a late notice on my door I received a Court ordered 5 day eviction notice. With late charges added going back three months. I elected to leave the property within the five days rather than to try to come up with the thousands of dollars they say I now owe. As the final day was coming near, I could see that we were not getting moved out fast enough and that we were not going to get done in time, so I once again called, this time to ask, how many days after the "Final day" till they would lock me out of the house and I would no longer be able to get my stuff out,,,Candice had said three days and that would give me till the end of the day on Friday.
On the "Final day" rather than a tree day notice of lockout, I received a 24 hour notice, and was in fact locked out just 12 hrs later. Some of my stuff was left behind, and I was unable to finish cleaning up the place. As of now I have not been charged with the ridiculously high cleaning bill but I'm sure that is coming....If you are reading this and considering renting from LL realty,,,take my advice and find a different realty. Theses people are not the nice Christian Ladies they pretend to be, they are predators and snakes...