Q: Landlord delays repairs, which end up costing me money. Any recourse when repair/deduct clause doesn't apply?
My landlord does repairs himself or his cousin. They have full time jobs, so we have to wait until they have time/money. When the heat broke he claimed no company was available to come out and wanted us to wait for his off day to come fix it, 3 days later. My husband found someone with no problem and we paid. When I expressed concern that the leaking toilets and tub pipe will raise our water bill they took 2 wks to fix the pipe and my husband fixed the guest toilet himself. The master toilet had to be replaced. This took a month. My water bill was very high. Also, the toilet was replaced with a cheaper, much shorter one. My husband is 6'2". I had back surgery. I wouldn't have ever rented a house with a toilet this small. The landlord broke the master hot water sink handle 2 months ago, preventing use. I asked weekly about repair and was told he was looking for parts. He finally said he'll replace the entire faucet. Still waiting a mont. These are just a few examples of many.
You need to see an attorney.
Keep all proof of the repair situation at your property (letters, pictures, emails, texts), and bring that to the lawyer along with a copy of the lease.
If you do not have hot water, heat or plumbing, you can contact the health department and file a complaint. These are essential services that must be fixed in 24 hours.
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