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Q: Can my landlord say she won’t send a maintenance worker to my apartment due to illness?

I emailed my landlord regarding my kitchen sink being clogged and unusable. My landlord emailed me back stating: “We heard you are sick, if this is true pending on the illness I won’t be able to send someone into your apartment.” So, when maintenance comes she doesn’t let them fix my sink. She never called me or asked me if I were even sick? She never confirmed anything with me. It was just gossip and hear say with other residents. I want to know if that is legal conduct for a landlord to do? Can a landlord refuse a maintenance request on a necessary item like a kitchen sink over an illness? Even if they didn’t confirm that I have an illness? Bc I am not sick or have an illness. I am pregnant and I have had some sickness with pregnancy but nothing contagious?? She tried to back track and say that a kitchen sink isn’t a necessity bc I have a bathroom sink upstairs. My kitchen sink is the only sink downstairs. Is this legal for her to deny my request on grounds of hearsay of an illness?

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Probably not but the best course is to call her directly, tell her you are not sick and reschedule the sink t repair. Litigation not necessary in this instance.

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