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  •  there's more to this story, I'm guessing (5+ / 0-)

    If the home owner was happy with the tenants, I'm guessing the heater would have been fixed a long time ago.  Long before the rent fell into arrears.

    There is likely some history here that neither the news article nor this diary sheds a light upon.

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:37:43 PM PST

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    •  Interesting that you fill in the blanks (5+ / 0-)

      with speculation that the tenants must somehow be at fault. That may be the case, but even so, the law states the landlord has to maintain a basic level of habitability. Doesn't matter what the tenants do. If the tenants fall below their standard of responsibility, then the landlord can begin eviction proceedings.

      So you think it's okay to withhold heat from a tenant because the landlord isn't happy with them? Let's ask the infant what she thinks about that situation.

      •  Keith is probably right (4+ / 0-)
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        and it doesn't imply at all that the tenant is at fault or that what the landlord is doing is okay. But clearly it doesn't take three months to get a heater fixed. It appears that for some reason the landlord has probably been trying to get rid of the tenant. Of course, it's an appalling and illegal way to do it.

        We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

        by denise b on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:03:44 PM PST

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      •  Hmm, I Didn't Read Comment as Implying the Tenant (6+ / 0-)

        was in the wrong. Landlord could be a huge asshole behaving wrongly for no valid justification.

        I say that as someone driven out of a fast food job once by a manager who rescheduled me for both openings and closings specifically to drive me out.

        I did finally leave, at the peak of lunch rush when the store had lines out the door.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:08:14 PM PST

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