Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: i noticed a leak black mold in the wall. can not use shower. work has not begun can i deduct some rent for no shower

i noticed the black mold i told the landlord in may 2019 there has been an hole in the shower area since 2 weeks or more can not use the shower or the AC. I live in woodland Hills, ca a 1 bedroom. the shower is in the same area as the toilet and i have kept the doot closed because it smells. he told me to use gym shower in the building. i don't think so its gross and there is no lock on the door and the homeless always enter the building. I asked to take some rent off since I can not use the shower the work has not begun to get rid of the mold and the will have to tear down the walls to get all the mold. do i have the right to take a little off the rent each day?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You are doing the right thing. Ask in writing for a rent reduction. If no answer then write another letter that you will move to a hotel during the work repairs. request a qualified firm to do the work and keep your receipt. Then request a refund for your hotel bill.

Best of luck.

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