Q: Our garage door will not stay up. Is this considered a safety hazard in which we can withhold rent?
We have made our landlord aware of this since we moved in back in October. It is held up by ratchet straps and will reverse and fall shut if the strap breaks or comes loose.
A: This is not a listed condition in the statutes that empowers you to withhold rent. Put your landlord on notice in writing that there is a hazard that needs to be fixed. Without looking at your lease, an attorney cannot tell you what all your rights may be under the facts of your case.
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