THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL. SOMETIMES YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE IT, BUT IT’S BETTER TO PACK YOUR BAGS, PACK YOUR BOXES, LEAVE A NOTE AND SAY GOODBYE! HERE ARE SOME SIGNS TO LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO PART WAYS WITH YOUR LANDLORD.
3. UNEXPECTEDLY RAISING THE RENT
In Jamaica, landlords are allowed to raise the rent by 7.5% annually. However, anything above this requires permission from the rent board. Raising the rent unexpectedly could be a sign that the landlord has plans for the home or apartment. Or it could also mean that the landlord has fallen on hard times. Either way, watch the signs.
2. FREQUENTLY UNANNOUNCED VISITS
Okay Mr. Landlord, why are you at my house at 7 pm on a Sunday night? It is not normal to have your landlord show up unannounced at your home on a regular basis. In fact, it is a bit creepy. You can discuss your concerns with the landlord and if there is no change to this habit, then consider starting the search for your new home.
1. LANDLORD GOES M.I.A
If you’ve had a variety of issues for an extended period of time and you can’t seem to find your landlord, then that might be your biggest tell tale sign. The roof is leaking, pipes are dripping and cockroaches are running world class records across your living room. Heck no! If your lease explicitly states that repairs are to be covered by your landlord, then my darling, they need to be covered by your landlord.
A word of advice – do not withhold paying your rent because that can get you evicted! Instead, try reaching out to the landlord by phone. Be sure to follow up with email responses as this becomes evidence if you end up breaking your lease and the landlord will be forced to return your security deposit.