Chicago, IL asked in Civil Rights, Construction Law, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Indiana

Q: are electricity bill is $629.00 and our house is still freezing and the land Lord is a jerk no ceiling in the bathroom

and you can see light through the roof do we have any options my husband is on ssd

1 Lawyer Answer

Alexander Florian Steciuch

Answered
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: It does not sound like your heating works. Either that or your house is uninhabitable. Landlords have a duty to provide you with a safe and habitable living space. Notify your landlord, in writing (keep a copy for yourself), via certified mail of all the issues with the house and inform your landlord that the issues need to be resolved in a timely manner. If your landlord refuses to fix the issues, it may be said that you have been constructively evicted, which can be a basis upon which a tenant can consider the lease broken by the landlord. This does not guarantee that you will not be sued yourself, it merely acts as a defense for vacating the property before the lease agreement is over.

One final note: if your electricity rates are astronomically high, you should consider contacting NIPSCO or whomever handles your electricity and heating to inspect the property to see if it is not an issue on their end.

You should consult with a local landlord/tenant attorney in your area for legal advice and possible representation. Any information given here is for general information purposes only.

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