I am 63, widow, live alone, multiple disabilities (including mobility and "light
perception only" in one eye, low vision in the other, and heart failure). I moved in here
2 years ago when my husband died, lease expired in March 2013, has not been renewed - mutual
agreement - no problems there.
Called landlord at 5:31pm this afternoon (for the 10th time since Sept 26) because heat/ac. In Sept. it was pouring water from the intake into my living room. He said he would send someone to fix it. He did not. I had to shut off circuit breakers to stop that. Asked him to fix it several times since then. He won't do it - keeps saying he'll send somebody. Whomever 'somebody' is never arrives.
In October and November weather started getting cold. Now no heat - just ice cold air, banging and clanging noises from attic and outdoor unit. I call 4/5 times in 2 months, asking him to fix this - he tells me the same story. Nobody shows up.
I have had to use portable heater since October 24th, but it's not powerful enough for cold weather.
Finally, after Thanksgving, electricians come, but can't fix it because they don't have access to the attic in the other half of this duplex. Landlord tells me he has to get together with the other tenant - who is just about never home - and landlord has keys to all units.
In December, electrician finally gets landlord to get him in the other unit. Does his thing, then tells me that the outdoor heat/ac unit has to have a new circuit board and he will be back in two days to finish it.
Electrician didn't come back.
Today, our weather is deadly - literally - 25mph sustained winds, 37mph gusts, 7 degrees for lows. I call landlord, leave stressed out msg - "I don't have any heat. I need heat. It is going to be -2 wind chill factor overnight".
He calls me back at 5:36pm tells me the electrician already fixed it, I explain that electrician never came back with the parts, landlord insists that he did; I repeat that electrician did not come back and then landlord angrily says "You need to look for somewhere else to live ASAP".
Electrician calls me at 6:30 - says he's on his way - arrives 8:05, and spends 1.5 hours tracking down the problem - the wiring in the thermostat is backwards and the circuit board on the outside unit is "dead" and the readings he gets from heat vents is 45 degrees. So he rewires thermostat, sets it up on *emergency heat* tells me not to shut it off. So, I have heat tonight anyway.
Can this landlord evict me like this for complaining that I don't have heat?
Or complaining that when it rains into the house through the back door gaps that have no weather stripping, my living room floor gets soaked? His answer to that was "put a towel in front of it" (I used a king size blanket every time and it was drenched) I had some furnishings get wet too.
Or that a burner on the stove has caught fire twice - from overheating - his answer to that was "use low heat".
Or that the hot water heater randomly delivers nearly boiling water or ice cold showers?
Or that I have to use paper towels to fill the cracks in the door jambs to keep cold air out?
I believe my safety is at stake here - how can I get this resolved immediately?
One other situation I have here is this:
Landlord installed an aerator/filter for his well that serves 8 houses and hooked into my electric from outside the house through my bedroom electric circuit. He also puched a hole through the outside wall and added an outdoor water faucet (that neighbor uses all the time) that connects to my indoor water supply.
So he's stealing electricity. Yes, it's verified and it's adding $55/$70. month to my electric bill. Yes, I have pictures, and meter readings ever since October 27th when I discovered it was connected to my house. Yes, I shut off the electric circuit to my bedroom. No, he doesn't know this. He installed the device over a year ago.
Ok, sorry if I have too much info, just want to find out if he can evict me or if I have legal case against him - but I can't afford attorney on survivor's benefits. Maybe you can share how I can buy time to save money to find somewhere else to live. Or something . . .