Landlord Promised, Landlord Lied

By Tenant

When I moved into this apartment, I was made aware that the landlord is planning on making a restaurant in the space below my unit. He promised that it will be a classy restaurant for fine dining. I thought it was okay since it means the noise will be minimal plus I get to have a place to eat should there be a cause for a celebration. But it turned out that he was making a club and not a classy restaurant. I am in the middle of my lease agreement and it says I have to pay a month’s worth of rent as termination fee. I didn’t think this was fair since I was promised the wrong things in the first place.

So I asked around and this is what I found out. I’m sharing this with you in case you are stuck in the same situation as I did.

  1. Do not just leave the premises. Your landlord will think you’ve abandoned the unit and will proceed with legal actions.
  2. Try to deal with the issue in an adult and professional manner. Do not just leave angry voicemails or pound at your landlord’s door. Issues get resolved faster when they are dealt with calmly. Also, you tend to think irrationally when you’re upset. Maybe your landlord will understand it if you decide to just move out because of the noise.
  3. Ask your local authorities as to the noise level generally acceptable. Also, know if it’s legal to have a club in a residential apartment complex. It’s best if you know your options so you can be confident when you talk to your landlord.
  4. If your initial talk with the landlord does not yield any results, then write a letter detailing the problems and the solution that you would like to have. Make sure that you get a proof of delivery so send it via certified mail.
  5. Gather all the documents that you have and the RPA will give you at the close of your complaint. You will need these proofs should you still need to proceed with a court case.
  1. If the landlord remains to be uncooperative, you can file a complaint with the RPA. I personally had to do this step since my landlord was being very unreasonable. This is the link I used to file the complaint:

When you signed the lease agreement, you showed your landlord that you trust him enough to be locked in a contract with you. It’s really sad to know that your landlord could break your trust too easily. It always helps to have help options and also to be educated on the laws of your state.

Remember, you have tenant rights and you need to know these rights. Otherwise, your landlord will just take advantage of you.

Edited on: Sunday, January 26th, 2014 4:44 am

15 Responses to “Landlord Promised, Landlord Lied”

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February 26th, 2013 12:40 am

This is why it is very important to keep logs of everything that you and your landlord have discussed. This way, you will have proof that your landlord has previously agreed to something that he claims he now does not remember.


February 26th, 2013 1:20 pm

If your landlord is being very difficult to deal with, I would suggest you do not have any further dealings with him. If you really have to, follow up with an email or letter detailing your conversation and have him sign it.


February 27th, 2013 2:00 am

The RPA is a mediation center. If they can?t strike a deal with your landlord then you can proceed with filing for a lawsuit. At least you tried to resolve the problem out of court and judges usually love that.


February 27th, 2013 2:40 pm

You may also record the noise in your apartment so everyone gets a better understanding of your problem.


February 28th, 2013 3:20 am

Some landlords just need to lie in order to get your rent. They don?t think about the inconviences that you’ll have because of their lies. That’s why it is very important that you check on the landlord’s background before signing anything.


February 28th, 2013 4:00 pm

I agree. To check, you can enter your landlord’s name into Google and then add “complaints” so you will be given a list of complaints against that landlord. If a complaint has been filed with RPA, you should see the complaint form used.


March 1st, 2013 4:40 am

You have to be very careful whenn filing a complaint because there are some states that may triple your deposit if your lose the case.


March 1st, 2013 5:20 pm

I would immediately file a complaint if I were in your situation. That is just unacceptable! The noise will drive me nuts and it may cause me to be absent from work. I wouldn’t want that to happen.


March 2nd, 2013 6:00 am

Check your state tenant laws. In NY, we have very strict noise ordinances that guide us everyday. If you were in New York, your landlord would have been in violation of these ordinances for sure.


March 2nd, 2013 6:40 pm

If you lived above a bar and you knew that when you signed the leasea agreement then there is no way out – unless you pay for the fees. But if you were decieved like you said you were, then there are legal measures to get you out of that place.


March 3rd, 2013 7:20 am

Nice set of advice. Thanks! People tend to forget to take things calmly when faced with difficult situations. I guess the panic even makes things worse.


March 3rd, 2013 8:00 pm

What if my landlord suddenly kicks me out without giving me enough time to find another apartment? I am asking because I am stuck in a similar situation.


March 4th, 2013 8:40 am

Your landlord cannot kick you out without proper notice. He cannot even turn off your utilities or lock you out. If he needs to get you evicted, there is a process that he needs to follow. Simply put, you cannot be evicted without a court order.


March 4th, 2013 9:20 pm

Get everything in writing! If he kicks you out, go legal on him.


March 5th, 2013 10:00 am

Thanks for the article. This is a good read.


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