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Tenant Says He Was Evicted After Exposing Apartment Concerns

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On Monday, we reported a story in which tenants spoke out about questionable living conditions within apartments at a downtown Fargo building. Today we heard from one of those renters, who says he's being evicted because he complained.  

At 68 1/2 Broadway downtown Fargo, we heard from nearly a dozen tenants who all told similar stories about problems inside. Problems they say were neglected.

"you're not fixing anything in this property... That's my problem." "He just says I'll do it later." He kept telling me I will fix it I will fix it."

One of those tenants says because he tried to expose some issues with the property, he's getting evicted. We talked to the landlord Monday, who made it clear, he wanted to know who was talking.

"So basically right now I'm in a situation where I am about to get kicked out because of me standing up and speaking about my rights." Says tenant Jackie Johnson.

Johnson was on a month to month lease, and according to the law, he can get kicked out on a whim. He says he received a 60 day notice to leave. He used to think a month to month lease was convenient.

"It's not what you think cause basically they can kick you out when ever they want to or they can evict you if you're not cooperating with their standards." Johnson says.

If you have issues with your apartment, talk to your landlord first. The city inspector says if you're not getting anywhere, file your complaints with their office and know exactly what your lease entails. Sometimes a landlord will suggest just putting one name on the lease even if your moving in with two people. That could very well be a breach of contract if they wanted to evict you down the road. Also once a tenant is on a month to month lease it's more convenient for a landlord to evict a tenant because the barriers involved with being in the midst of a year long lease aren't in the way. Less legal concerns for a landlord.

"It's like I've been here for 4 years Mr. Gill. I never missed a payment, never missed a payment! Unless you're not doing your job taking care of this apartment. So, yes I'm gonna stand up, and speak upon it." Says Johnson.

Also make sure that you document your living situation. Having a record is the most important thing you can do. And if you question whether your landlord is breaking laws, we've included a link to legal services of North Dakota, a non-profit at our website, valleynewslive.com just click on the hot button.

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