Hanford, CA asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: we have been without a/c and stove since June. prop mngmt notified, still an issue. do i have a case?

Moved in with a 1 year lease agreement. #1 A/C tech's have been out 6 times, with issues of wasps, and other issues beyond my control, still not fixed. supposed to be here again tomorrow., this issue has been ongoing for 9 weeks. #2 stove was removed on june 14th, had no cooking source for 5 weeks, they have now turned the power on, but not fully funtional as the vent is not connected properly and can only do "light" cooking, this has been an issue for 8 weeks and counting. I have already sent 2 letters to owner via property management. The last one staying I will not pay rent until issues are resolved. I am also asking half months rent credit for each month we've been inconvenienced, with no response from owner.

1 Lawyer Answer

Pahoua C Lor

Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Fresno, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Make sure that your requests for repairs is in writing. You may also consider filing a complaint with the City Code Enforcement Unit. Once a complaint has been filed with Code Enforcement, a code enforcement officer should be in touch with you to take your complaint. From that point and depending on each City, Code Enforcement will get in touch with the Owner and discuss solutions or possibly fine the Owner.

You may also have a justifiable reason to repair and deduct or withhold rent. However, you need to actually speak with an attorney and get more individualized advice before doing so.

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