Landlord Issues

Landlord Issues

My fiance & I live in a mobile home owned by his cousin, H. We moved here in May of 2007. We agreed that we would pay rent, eventually, with no exact time frame determined. In May, we had to pay H's $400 overdue utility bill, and that was considered our "rent." In June, my fiance cleaned the yard, which had 4 previous tenants worth of junk piled into it (it took him a week to do it), so H agreed we didn't have to pay rent, since we "improved" the home. In July, we also paid no rent, but we had been doing cleaning and minor repairs, at our expense, since we moved in (for example, my fiance painted one of the rooms, cleaned out the cabinets that had food from when H lived here, three years ago, etc.). Nothing major, but it was agreed that we owed nothing. From August through October, H lived with us. He ate our food, used our water (to bathe three times a day, thankyouverymuch), used our toiletries, detergent, etc. I flat out refused to pay rent ON TOP of paying for him to live. He moved out in November. Again, we did minor repairs (repaired a hole in the floor near the front door, after asking him for WEEKS to repair it), and he owed us money from when he lived here, so we agreed that in January of 2008, we would begin paying rent. In July of 2008, our central unit went out on us. It was improperly repaired when it broke on H before we moved here, so there was no repair to be done. It HAD to be replaced. At the time, my fiance had a couple of family members working for an A/C repair company, and they had a few totally rebuilt units for sale. They offered to install them for free, update all the duct work, etc., all for free. H just had to buy the unit, at cost, and supplies. Grand total was approximately $800. He wanted *us* to pay for it, since we were living here. I told him the only way I'd pay for it was if I got to take the unit with me when I left. He said no, so I basically told him to fuck off. We installed window units that weekend. Anyway, there's a whole laundry list of minor things that need to be fixed around the house. The outlets in the kitchen are not properly mounted. In fact, they're not mounted at all. They're sitting in holes in the walls, without any mounting, or anything. There are a few spots where the floor is buckling that need to be fixed before they buckle, and become holes. The back door has no window. It's just taped over. The sinks in the kitchen and bathroom both leak, so the cabinets beneath them sag. There is no stove. But most importantly is that the door frame for the front door is about to fall off. Literally. We can't even close our front door properly. Depending on the weather, some days we can't close it at all. We've been asking him to fix it since we moved in (it wasn't this bad when we moved in). He still has not done it. In addition, we just had to repair an entire bedroom floor, because the window unit was not installed properly (we asked him to come install it, he refused, so my brother-in-law did it, and didn't put the proper tilt on it, so it was leaking in the room, instead of outside). We advised him that we will be taking the cost of the repairs out of the rent. So far, this month, he has threatened to sue us because we refuse to pay the price he wants (he wants to go up $130 a month, but we refuse to pay it until he fixes *all* of the things that are wrong). He threatened to sue us because the house has damages (some of which have been here since we moved in), regardless of the fact that the damages are a direct result of his neglect. He threatened to take us to court for the $50 that we're deducting from the rent, due to repairs. We have no formal lease. Nothing was ever drawn up or signed. I'm almost positive that he doesn't have a legal leg to stand on, either way. But just in case he ever decides to take us to court, I want to have my ducks in a row. I also want to have them in a row, in case he decides not to fix any of this, and I end up reporting him to get it done. We live in southern Louisiana. I looked up what can be done when a landlord doesn't hold up his end of the repairs, but since nothing was ever signed, I'm not sure that it applies, or in what capacity that it applies. Any advice?
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