Q: For the past three months I have told my landlord that I have been having issues that haven't gotten fixed. What can do
A breaker needs to be replaced that controls some of the lights and a few other things. They only came once to see what the problem was and claimed they would be back the next day to fix it but never did. I keep asking to get it fixed and they never do it. I'm trying to find out if I could get a portion or all of the money back that I've paid these past few months. I'm currently looking for a new place.
A: Landlords have a duty to keep the property safe, habitable and in good repair, and any repairs must be completed in a reasonable time from the initial request. Hopefully, your previous requests for repairs were done in writing and in accordance with your current lease. If the landlord still has not made the repairs, you have the option of hiring a licensed professional to complete the needed repairs and deduct the cost of repairs from the rent for the following month. Before you move forward with the actual repair, it is imperative that you first send a letter to your landlord putting them on notice of your intention to make the repairs and deduct the cost from your rent. Also, make sure the cost of the repairs is reasonable. It may be helpful to obtain several estimates to ensure you are in the average range. Keep copies of the repair statements so that you may submit them as proof of the work performed. As always it is best to consult one on one with an attorney, who will thoroughly review your lease and advise you of your specific rights, before moving forward on your own.
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