December 08, 2003

dun-dun-dunnnn!

So, the converted garage rental property I've lived in for the last seven years was recently sold to a new owner. The new owner came over yesterday to fix my screendoor, and happened to mention that they MAY need to evict me because the woman who did NOT get to purchase the property blew the whistle to the city about the converted garage porperty.

The problem is, I had no idea that I was renting a unit that was not legally zoned for the purpose of habitiation - apparently it was originally zoned as a storage unit. So the new landlord said I may need to write a letter stating my situation, etc. etc - to tryto convince the city to not make him evict me and turn the unit back into a proper storage unit.

Ugh! Is anyone familiar with, say, if I've been paying rent for the last SEVEN YEARS in this place, and all of a sudden I have to leave because the previous owners didn't do their homework, isn't someone liable to me for costs of moving or whatnot? Or am I bum out of luck on the street? Hopefully it will blow over and I won't need to be "relocated", but geez-louise, what a headache!


posted by julie at December 8, 2003 03:12 PM

things people have said

Why does someone have to be LIABLE for you? Besides your parents? Moving is a fact of life, why should someone else have to pay for it? Take some responsibility for your own life!

so said: A. Nonymous at December 17, 2003 01:59 PM

I am just interested in protecting my rights as a renter. I know that my half-sister was paid a nice chunk of change when her apartment complex was purchased by a new owner and the tenants were forced out, as required by an applicable law. I don't think it's an off-the-wall question at all. If I am forced to move and there is no provision for aid then fine, no big deal.

Part of being a responsible person is educating yourself about your rights and the laws protecting them. So there! ;)

so said: julie (me) at December 17, 2003 05:26 PM



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