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HOW TO BREAK A LEASE (without getting screwed?)

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Re: HOW TO BREAK A LEASE (without getting screwed?)

Postby strider » 20 Sep 2015, 11:39

Well obviously I'm not really going to voluntarily agree to resign a contract that states she won't fix anything, when right now she's legally required to!

I've realized getting out of this lease unscathed is unreasonable. So my new problem becomes, "how can I make her to pay for repairs?" : P
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Re: HOW TO BREAK A LEASE (without getting screwed?)

Postby ironlady » 20 Sep 2015, 20:12

Well, movers are pretty cheap...why not move the refrigerator to her home? Since, you know, it works, and all. I'd say right in the stairwell in front of her front door.

Probably not the best idea, but appealing in its way.
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Re: HOW TO BREAK A LEASE (without getting screwed?)

Postby yyy » 22 Sep 2015, 10:05

strider wrote: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.

Really? :liar: :noway: Ask them to show you the law. Then look it up at to see for yourself. Have a friend translate if it's not available in English.

She's obviously a tax evader, and you can report her even after you leave. You may lose your battle with her, but she may also lose her battle with them and be forced to reconsider her "business model". :wink: Of course it helps to have as much evidence as you possibly can... :ponder:

You may want to contact the Tsui Mama foundation for help:
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