Tenant and landlord dispute
Is it right that a landlord renovates the inside of thr property while tenant still is in the house… Also makes a contract for a month after i the tenant stayed here for two years without any contract. And i met the landlord after two years of staying in the house and he claims i damaged the house .what can i do he is causing me emotional stress ..he is stressing out the kids… They missed school in these two weeks for a few days because my stuff is laying everywhere due to the painting and renovations we have to sleep anywhere around the house and with the strong paint smell and dust… He is complaining about a satellite dish. The only mistake i made is i built a shed in the back yard after his consent. It was him that gave consent and i will remove it as it when i move as it is a removable structure also he speaks of selling the house n that if its sold by tomorrow i must find a way n move out … He didnt tell me about this earlier niether is he wanting to give me time and the kids are in their last semester. Please help.
One of the duties of a landlord is to maintain the property both internally and externally at all times. However the right of a tenant for the quiet and undisturbed use and enjoyment of the property can ge violated if landlord carries out repairs which are not necessary or which can be done after the lease expires. You can lay complaint to this effect with the Rental Housing Tribunal.
Nothing stops the landlord to reduce the verbal lease that has been in place for 2 years into writing.
The RHA provides in terms Section 5(4) that joint inspection by tenant and landlord is necessary at the commencement and towards the end of the lease period. I suggest that you revisit the inspection checklist to ascertain whether the item he now claims to have been damaged by you was already damaged at the time you moved in.
It is trite law that if a property is sold and there is a tenant with valid lease, the new landlord steps into the shoes of the previous landlord without any change to the lease. This means the new landlord cannot present you with a new lease nor ask for a deposit. He literally steps into the shoes of the previous landlord. So, your landlord’s threat that you must vacate/ move out of the property in the event it is sold lacks merit.