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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 4 weeks ago

Can a landlord disturb us getting three or four estimates on having repairs done?

We don't care to be bothered with a bunch of people coming into our place to give estimates. Number one, both my wife & I work & we want to be here & see what they say will be done. Number two, this will take up a bunch more time before the repairs will get done. Our place with be disrupted for a while & we feel the landlord should pay for a motel for us.

Update:

The landlord is claiming the repairs needed will take over a month, and it will be impossible for us to stay here while it's going on.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    1. You are free to be there if you like, but the LL is not obligated to make that happen. You must make arrangements to be there.

    2. That's too bad, any homeowner would get multiple estimates.

    3. He has no obligation to pay for a motel. If the place is unlivable, he has to refund rent for the time you cannot be in the unit. That is all.

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Of course he can get estimates before having the work done. YOU are the ones insisting on being there for the estimates.  If it's not possible to stay there while the work is being done, and it's a job that will take significant time, you shouldn't have to pay rent for that time.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Yes, that would be a reasonable thing to do.

  • 4 weeks ago

    What you "feel" is irrelevant.  The landlord is entitled to get estimates for repairs to be done, and you have no say in being there or not being there.  In fact, they prefer that you are not there because some tenants have a habit of getting in the way/in their faces.  It is not about you.  It is about the owner's right to effect repairs on the property.  You are only renting - remember that.  Landlords never pay for a motel/hotel room while repairs are being done.  If you cannot live there while the work is being done, then you would have to have insurance that covers a hotel/motel stay.  Maintenance is a fact of life.  You can't put blame on a landlord for that.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
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  • 4 weeks ago

    Feelings carry no weight with the law. A landlord has every right to get more than one estimate for work, the same right you have. As long as your state law re: advance notice is given, you have no legal objection. The law only requires that you be notified. The law does not require that you be present. The landlord can meet the contractor(s) without you present.

    Putting you up somewhere during the work is a separate matter that has nothing to do with getting estimates and that would depend on what state law has to say about it.

  • 4 weeks ago

    He has a right to get estimates. You don't have to be there.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Why is the LL renovating during your lease term?  Are you a long term tenant?  

    You have nothing to say on the estimates...you might have some arguments on being displaced and the timing though.  Is this repair in response to some sort of issue...or just arbitrary remodeling?  

    • R P
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      And if you do get a new kitchen, you can expect a hefty rent increase. The landlord is running a business and needs to cover his expenses.

  • Eva
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    You have nothing to say about it. The landlord can get estimates from as many companies as he wants any time he wants. You have no say in the scope of work either. If you are more accommodating during the estimate process, your landlord may be more receptive to covering some temporary housing costs for you during the time the work is being done.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Yes of course he can get multiple estimates.

    You are entitled to be there if you want to be, but the landlord isn't obligated to schedule the visits at a time that is convenient for you.   You are not entitled to be part of any conversations between contractor and landlord.  You be quiet and stay out of the way because you are not part of whatever business transaction is happening. 

    No, the landlord does not have to pay for a motel for you.   However, the landlord cannot charge you rent for the days that the unit is uninhabitable. 

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Of course he can.  He owns the place; he can get estimates for work on it that he's paying for. He just needs to let you know.

    No, he is not obligated to pay for a motel.

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