My husband and I are slated to be moving into a home beside of my best friend in the coming. . .month or so. We're pretty desperate to move, as where we are at with my parents right now is definitely
not the world's greatest situation. At all. We're talking caving floors, mold, rodents. . . It's a bad place, so we need out.
The home beside of my friend was just recently purchased by her father, and he wants us to live in it. Offering us a very moderate rent cost that we can definitely afford, home is in town, great access to everything. Yay, good!
However: he wants the deposit on the 1st. I have never seen the interior of this home, except through images taken by my friend (and they weren't particularly favourable ones). He's been communicating through his daughter (the best friend) mostly, has not answered me about who is doing repair work, if the home will be painted and repaired before
I move in and if the carpeting is going to be replaced prior to moving as well. The current occupant has not yet moved out either, though if the presence of a huge dumpster outside the home is anything to go by that is in the works to change. At least I got him to go seek legal paperwork as my landlord for my husband and I to agree to.
Top this all off, the landlord purchased this place specifically so we could leave our shitty situation and live by my friend, so I'd feel like an ass if I backed out and feel, honestly, pressured to occupy this home.
What I'm asking about this situation is:
- Should I withhold the deposit until I see the interior of the home for myself?
- Should any repair work, carpet replacements, painting, etc. be completed before I move in?
- Does this all sound more than a little uncomfortable to anyone else?
- Are private owners who are renting places in situations like the above outlined one subject to the same landlord/tenant laws that others are?
Thank you for your assistance. I'm not used to renting facilities and, really, I've never lived in an "above-low-standard" situation, so I don't really know what is normal
and what is dubious.