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New Bedford senior citizen writes about being bullied by her landlord

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Judy is a senior citizen that feels she is being bullied by her landlord. The following was sent to New Bedford Guide:

“I am a senior citizen who is frustrated and upset. The landlord is a friend of a friend so I trusted him. Since I moved in I’ve asked for a renter’s agreement multiple times and he won’t give me one.

He told me that the only thing that he does not do is snow removal. Now he says he weed whacks, doesn’t mow, but the neighbor will. Now, he keeps “forgetting” to weed whack. I messaged to remind him and he called back yelling at me and that it was not his job.

I have a mice infestation and he won’t take care of it. I had a broken screen door that wouldn’t close, and he said it wasn’t his responsibility, even though it was broken when I moved in, so I asked a neighbor to help.

I don’t want to move and can’t – I am a senior citizen that barely make ends meet. I just want him to stop yelling at me when I have to ask him to take care of things that I’ve been waiting for over a year for him to do. I get no rent receipts of the $1250.00 that I pay each month because he “…can’t find the receipt book.” Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.”

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Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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3 comments

  1. This is sad and disturbing! Landlords get away with way to much now a days! Where is this woman’s family? Can you please put me in contact with her?

  2. This sounds like a matter for Housing Court. Many lawyers will work for free so don’t worry about that. Please contact City Services like the Inspections, Elderly Affairs and this is something that the City Councilors would love to help you out. You are not alone, bullies count on you not seeking help. You are stronger than you think!!

  3. Report the mouse infestation, as well as any trash or clutter, to the health dept. I know it is scary because you are afraid he will turn on you or throw you out but here is the link. http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/taskforce/report-violations/ . As for rent receipts, pay him from now on in money orders. You will have the receipt from the money order as proof of payment. Costa’s Mini Marts do money orders that much for $2. He may get mad because cash is easier to hide from the government. Good luck.

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