I did a stupid thing. My new landlady was a younger modern woman, very accomodating and kind, it seemed. There was a lot of old furniture in the place, and three beds. I said I wanted none of them, she said she couldn't take them out. We negotiated and I agreed to keep two of them. We talked a long while about exactly which one she would take out. Among other things. She said don't worry if things break I'll fix them. We put it right there in the contract, plain as day. Then, the stupid thing, I paid a whole year up front to get a big discount on the rent. What can I say? She didn't come across as one of "those" landlords at all. Not in the least.
A week later, the fridge is broken, and all the furniture is still here. She won't take the furniture, won't fix the fridge. Says it isn't broken. She came herself to analyze it, instead of sending a handyman. Then a "handyman" showed up, and also said it wasn't broken, without doing anything but walking into the kitchen standing in front of it and making the statement "there's nothing wrong with this" and walking out. Turned out, he was actually another sales agent for the real estate company I went through.
Long story short, I don't want to live here anymore. I anticipate future,even bigger problems. Besides, I don't have room for my stuff with all her stuff in here, and if I throw out her stuff, of course she'll charge me at the end of the line. Contract says, if she breaks it, she owes me a two month penalty and a month to find a new home. She's breaking it. But how could I demonstrate any of this? She says I can move out, but she'll keep two months rent.
A friend suggested I ask for her tax ID number, and receipts for the rent paid. He said I am entitled to deduct it from my income tax, and in reporting it, she's then required to pay income tax on it. His theory, she won't want to have this hidden income revealed and taxed, and may let me go. Her answer? She'll give me the receipts, but then increase the rent by 12% to pay her taxes, which she (and the agent) both agree is what the law requires me to do.
How do I get out of here???