What do I do if I think my rental or apartment is not in a safe and sanitary condition?
If you are a renter and feel your rental has some safety or health concerns, we encourage you to contact your landlord first and discuss the matter with them. If your landlord does not address the issue in a timely manner, or fails to respond, contact our office and we will discuss your options. If a violation exists, we will contact the property owner and setup a timeline for repairs. There is no cost to you for contacting our office or to have us perform an inspection.
Can my landlord evict me for filing a complaint on the condtition of my rental property?
Not for specifically filing a complaint. You can be evicted if you have violated the terms of your contract agreement/lease (includes being behind on your rent), even though you just filed a complaint. South Dakota Codified Law chapter 43-32 dictates landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities. You may need to seek legal representation and guidance if you are in a dispute with your landlord.