What to Do If Your Landlord Won't Make Repairs to Property

Serious repairs should not be ignored
Serious repairs should not be ignored | Source
Repairs that jeopardize safety and security are urgent in nature
Repairs that jeopardize safety and security are urgent in nature | Source

Holding a Landlord Accountable for Repairs

All too often, people cringe at the mention of the word "landlord." In some cases, this predisposition of dread is well deserved. While many landlords are responsible and caring individuals, there are many property owners who dodge their responsibilities of providing the legally required "duty of care" to paying tenants. Landlords choose to be in this position of responsibility and regardless of the relationship with the tenant, they must abide by the law when it comes to repairing damages to a property.

What to Do If A Landlord Won't Make Timely Repairs to Property

If you have a property in need of repair, you must first consult your lease for the proper procedures on how to proceed with your request. Follow the instructions to the letter in your lease for repair requests. Learn whether or not your repair is covered by the terms of your lease, for example, if you damage the property by your own negligence, the Landlord may not be responsible for the repairs. If your lease states that all requests for repairs must be handled in writing, make sure you send it. While this may seem like red tape, most states do not allow landlords to enter the property without a written request for services or a 24 hour notice in writing to the tenant that they plan to enter the property for any reason. It is always in your best interests to send requests in writing with the date of the request. Always keep a copy for your personal records.

Second, you must have a firm understanding of laws in your state. Almost every state has a law of "Habitable Warranty" that specifically outlines any landlord has a duty to provide a tenant with a habitable home fit for occupation. Such state laws protect tenants from potential slum lords. State laws override written and verbal contracts and agreements. If the necessary repairs make the property uninhabitable, the law is on your side in most states regardless of the terms of your lease or contract.

Some states such as Florida give the tenant the right to withhold rent payments to a landlord if repairs go undone. In other states it is illegal to withhold the rent. If you are not familiar with your state law on this issue, it is best to consult a legal professional in your state.

If you have taken the steps in the lease to get a problem repaired and the Landlord has not acted, it is time to send the Landlord an official (or second official) request for repair in writing. The second letter should be sent with a copy of the original request (if retained) and mailed by certified mail with a return receipt. This will give you a legal, court recognized document proving that the request was made and received by the landlord.

It is a criminal act for any Landlord to attempt to evict your for requesting repairs to the property. If you suspect you have this type of callous Landlord, it is imperative to communicate with this landlord in writing only to protect yourself.

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From: Wikipedia Commons

Escalating a Case Against a Landlord

At this point, most Landlords will acknowledge your request for repair. If the property owner still refuses to make the requested repairs or dismisses them, it is time to escalate your case.

If your repair is urgent in nature and poses a health or safety risk for you and your family, you will want to take many photos and videos of the problem with the date imprinted from the camera. Take your photos, videos, and copies of your letters to your county or bourough's inspection department. These offices are normally located within the Health and Human Services Division of your local Department of Social Services. For urgent problems that may lead to illness and injury, a county inspector will act quickly to inspect the damages. If it is determined that the necessary repairs are urgent, this agent will have the authority to force the landlord to make the repairs by a certain date or face significant legal punishment.

A Landlord can not be held accountable for natural disasters
A Landlord can not be held accountable for natural disasters | Source

Landlord Responsibility During a Natural Disaster

In the event of a natural disaster such as a flood, fire, or tornado, renters cannot hold the Landlord accountable for the disaster. The loss of personal items may be covered by the tenant's rental insurance, but the Landlord can not be held accountable for the loss of personal items.

When a natural disaster strikes and damages rental property, it is the the Landlord's responsibility to fix the property and make it habitable as soon as possible. The Landlord is not responsible for providing alternate shelter and housing for tenants in this case. Renters have the option of purchasing rental insurance that provide temporary housing and provisions if this should occur.

However, in most states, if a rental unit is destroyed by a natural disaster, the lease becomes void and non-enforceable. A Landlord cannot force a tenant to stay in an unlivable rental property and tenants can not be sued for leaving the property for a habitable property.

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Infestation of Cockroaches, Bedbugs, and Rodents

If you sign a rental agreement for a property, it is important to understand before hand whether or not the Landlord will provide scheduled preventative treatments against insects and other pests. If there is no mention of this in your lease, it is reasonable to request this service before signing the contract. In some leases, the responsibility will be mandated to the tenant.

If you move into a home and notice cockroaches, insects, or mouse droppings, it is important to photograph this evidence. If the home is furnished, check the mattresses and furniture for evidence of bed bugs and notify the Landlord immediately if anything is discovered.

If the infestation occurs later on, the fault falls on the tenant. In this case, a landlord may not be responsible for paying for an exterminator and the tenant may be liable for the damage caused by the invading pests.

Illegal Acts of Landlords

Evicting or a tenant for requesting repairs or making an official complaint about conditions.

Entering the property without a 24 hour written notice unless service is requested.

Not revealing that an apartment is infested with cockroaches, bedbugs, and other creatures.

Interfering with a tenants right to "quiet enjoyment" of the property.

Seizing a tenant's property for non-payment of rent. This includes selling the tenant's property to collect unpaid rent and fees.

Providing an uninhabitable property.

Not notifying tenants a property is known to be haunted.

Changing locks on a property for non-payment of rent.

Turning off utilities to threatnen or evict a tenant.

Attempting to evict a tenant without a court order.

Laws vary state to state. Check with a lawyer if you are dealing with any of these activities.

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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I could actually start the process of breaking my lease right now because my landlord won't make repairs he needs to. A water pipe is leaking and causing flooding under the house. It's been that way for months. I've even had a lawyer contact him. Fortunately, I'm moving in July, anyway, and don't feel like going through the hassle, especially since I'll probably have to take him to court for my deposit.

So many tenants do not realize their rights - I hope someone can put this information to good use!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is terrible Natasha! Water can ruin the foundation of that house. If you were staying you could go to your local Health Department and get an inspection. They would force him to repair that leak. The mold it causes is so harmful. I do hope this hub helps someone. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get out of that house! Make sure when you leave you have proof that you requested the leak to be fixed and get lots of photos and videos in case this landlord tries to make you pay for this leak.

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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

There is mold growing. And I can tell the foundation has...moved since I started living here. I will definitely take (more) photos, and my lawyer has record of writing him twice requesting the repairs be made. I also have video that I sent the lawyer. The upstairs tenants changed last month and the landlord had a plumber here then. I hoped he would make the repairs at that time, but he didn't. At this point, even if I had a letter sent that could potentially trigger breaking the lease, I would still be out July rent, so I'm just going to not bother with it and move out at my leisure after my new lease starts on the 17th.

Sadly, these sorts of issues are very common in Charleston. Many of these houses are falling over or unsafe, and college kids don't know any better. They just don't realize they have rights! When I was a senior in college and moved out of my apartment, I had money taken out of my deposit and didn't know for years that the landlord could legally without the money he hadn't given back to me.

Thanks, again, for your hub!

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RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

I have a horrible landlord right now. It's just one of those big companies who don't care about their properties. They look at me and just see a college kid and blow me off. I've also heard terrible things about them not giving any deposits back whatsoever. We haven't done a thing to this place, so it will be interesting to see what happens next month when we turn the place back over to them.

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Tammy, this is very useful for me! I am living with my twin brother and we have a landlord. Fortunately nothing has happened yet, but that seems to be when things do happen :) So thanks for this wealth of information Tammy! I really appreciate it, voted up and several more and sharing!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

OMG - I thought I'd never use that (omg). but this, well written, article brought it out. Twice!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Been living on a boarding house these past few years since Im working far away from home. Fortunately, my landlord keeps the building neat and clean. make repairs on all the damages and twice a week cleaning and scrubbing.

Very useful info here Tammy!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

You are right Natasha- so many people are afraid to look into their rights and complain because they think the landlord will make their live very difficult. People with these problems should really contact the city and the historical districts of Charleston since they depend so much on tourism. That is a shame that is happening widescale in such a beautiful city.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Yikes RunningDeer! Before you leave make sure you review your lease to see what the consequences are for losing a deposit. Once you get it empty and clean, take lots of pictures and if you can, compare them to any pre move in photos that you have. If this landlord does not return your deposit, show him your photos and ask what the reasoning is. These landlords prey on college students who usually don't know the law and they think you won't standup for yourself. Once they see you know what your rights are and you are ready to enforce them, they will probably not try to rip you off.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading Josh. The best things any renter can do is take photos when they move into a property, get a good renter's insurance policy, and learn what your rights are. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Mhatter99. I am flattered! Thanks for reading!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I am glad you got a good one unknown spy! Thanks for your visit.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I need this right NOW for a family member - thanks you for your hard work on this!!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much RealHouseWife. I hope it will help them. :)

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Excellent advice for all the renters, Tammy. I've been fortunate that all my landlords have been professional management companies who complied with the law in regard to repairs. Voting this Up and Useful.

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fcmosher 4 years ago from Here to Eternity

Sharp lens! Voted up and followed. Good work here.

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Very good advice and very informative hub. Thanks for sharing and for following me on twitter. Have a great weekend!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Alocsin. I am glad your experiences have been positive ones.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I appreciate that fcmosher!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Thelma Alberts. Hope you have an awesome weekend too!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Tammy, catching up with some good articles from you. This hub is superb! Unfortunately most landlords think they own your life by asking those 2 months security deposit. With bad weather and the economy, they want to avoid responsabilities. This will help so many tenants that usually face a cold clerk at the CourtHouse, when it comes time to find legal help and protect the tenants rights. Voted up!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Lord De Cross. It is a shame that tenants don't know their rights or are afraid to pursue them due to bad landlords. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent stuff Tammy and will come in very handy for those who are facing non cooperative landlords. Most landlords are a law unto themselves and become quite menacing when faced with the prospect of legal action.

Voted up, useful and shared.

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Squeesh 4 years ago from United States

Amazing Hub! Great information to know in those bad situations! thanks! Shared voted up and useful!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

You said it well Rajan Jolly. Landlords have the potential to really harm tenants and deny them of their rights. Tenants need to be educated in the laws so they can protect themselves. Thanks so much for your visit.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

The trouble is with my brother, he is so innocent, he wants to move into a rented apartment, and I keep saying to him just buy for goodness sake! he doesn't realise just how much trouble he will or could have with a landlord. I have a friend who moved into a house that was virtually falling down! one day in, the roof caved in and flooded the kitchen! the landlord was useless and they had to move out, it makes me shudder to think that my brother may go through something like this, I know not all of them are crooks but the majority of them are, well done for great advice, I am going to push my brothers nose to the screen to read it! thanks, nell

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow Nell. A crooked landlord would love to rent him a property. Some rentals are good for those who don't want to deal with a yard or home repairs. It isn't something good for those who are inexperienced to get into without some coaching. I am amazed by how many college students are commenting about how they have been taken advantage of. I hope he will read it and get a basic understanding of what he may be getting into. Thanks for stopping by.

iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I always admire you for your formatting in your hubs. They are easy to follow and look like elite publications! I have had plenty of landlord issues in the past. There is aalways red tape too. I was lucky to get out of paying $75 for taking my name off of a lease. Nowhere in the rental agreement could prove the fee. You are an incredible writer and should submit this on legal sites! Great work Tammy!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you so much audraleigh. That is very kind of you. I am sorry you had a bad experience wih landlords. I appreciate your visit.

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ps-orbis 4 years ago

You've done a really great job. I love your lenses, especially this one. Thank you for sharing :D

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Tammy, this is a very useful guidelines for renters. Very well written, easy to read, and has a lot of useful information. I have had past issues with landlords myself. Long story short, they wouldn't fix nothing. The entire building was infested with roaches. We paid $700 to move in and left within a month. That entire building should be shut down. Very useful information that every renter should know.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is a shame lyricwriter. That is horrible landlord behavior. They could get into serious trouble with the health department. I am glad you found this useful and I appreciate you sharing that story.

Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

Both the hub and the comments have given me much food for thought. We have owned for many many years, and now that we are in a position to rent again - at least temporarily - this is a handy article for me. Good timing all around. Rated up!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I am glad it you find it useful Duchess O'Blunt! I just hope you will never need this advice. Thanks for visiting!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have been very, very lucky with regards to landlords. My son on the other hand has had problems in the past. It really is a crap shoot whether you get a good one or not, but if you get one of the bad one, this hub is a great resource of information. Passing this on to friends who need it.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good to see you billybuc. I am glad you had good experiences. It is a big crapshoot. There is no reporting agency for bad landlords like there is for bad tenants. Thanks for your visit.

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Etherealenigma 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Tammy,

I have a question. My landlord is having a fit over the fact that I shut the switches for the current in the fuse box off on a regular basis daily. I have found that by cutting the current coming into the house's grid, I save about $100 per month. He insists that this will cause the switches to blow, however, the lady at the family center that told me about this strategy, said she's been doing it for 5 years and has yet to have a problem with the fuses blowing. She said that she asked her electrician the cost of repairing it, and he said $300. When she added up the costs versus what she was saving, she said it was worth it because she was saving $1200/year in electrical costs.

I explained all this to the landlord and told him that if there was damage, I would be willing to pay. However, the landlord recently sent me an email saying he was simply going to charge me for this when I move, but I don't think he can charge me if he has no proof of damage to the box or switches. So I'm thinking that I will get an electrician to check those fuses before I move and get a written statement of their functionality in case he does simply try to blanketly charge me. I'm thinking that if he charges me for it, and there is no damage, I can take him to small claims, right?

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Etherealenigma,

Wow.. what a question. If your landlord knows you are doing this and he has a notice sent to you by email (writing), you may be putting yourself in a bad situation. Here is why... if you are renting a home or an apartment and anything happens to the big items such as the refridgerator, furnace, heater, air conditioner, refridgerator, appliances (if furnished), washer, dryer, or water heater- most of these items will be covered while you are in the apartment and when you leave the apartment under "normal wear and tear." However, this landlord can now claim that any thing that malfunctions while you are there or when you leave is a result of your confessed manipulation of the fuse box. Depending on how your lease is written (and this isn't something that is normally addressed in standard leases), you will be held responsible for "damages." (unfortunatley the law works under reasonable conclusions).

Here is an example to consider. If you have an air conditioning system in your home and it breaks due to age, malfunction, or if it freezes up due to you turning the power on and off it is most likely that you can be held accountable for a new system (which can run as high as $10,000). If you have a shady landlord, you can be certain that he or she will claim that the system failure is a result of "damage" caused by you turning the fuses on and off. This could be possible for every appliance and fixture such as the water heater. Because the law tends to favor the landlord, the burden of proof that it didn't occur because of your actions will be on you and it could be quite difficult to prove that turning the power supply on and off every day didn't cause these problems.

If you leave the apartment without any items being damaged and worn out, he can't punish you or charge you for something that isn't broken. You are right to have an electrician inspect the power box when you leave. You can also take videos of it working in proper order and keep them in the event he does take you to court.

You may want to consider purchasing a device such as an Infinisave Power Saver that will give you similar results in savings (probably not as much) and send your landlord a written notice that you are no longer turning the fuses on and off and give him a copy of the reciept. This may alleviate some of your liability and appease this landlord. Hope this helps!

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Etherealenigma 4 years ago from Florida

Thank you. I will look into that.

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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks tammyswallow for such great tips, i once found myself in such a problem, i wish i had these tips back then. Voted up, useful and shared.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks dwachira. I am glad you USED to be in this situation. Thanks for the comment!

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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Tammy... all great points and I must say I have experienced some terrible and yet some gracious landlords over my years. The worst times were those times when I did not have much choice. My way was to do the repair and refuse to pay the rent at much inflated hourly rate... lol... That is the other side of me... injustice is something I will not stand for. Our laws are much different here in Canada. The tenant now is very much held accountable...

Hugs from Canada

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I am sad to hear there are bad landlords in Canada too Rolly. Your solution is a great one and a good thing for those with the skills to do. Thanks so much for your insightful comment.

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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

Great hub! I have had two run-ins with landlords, then I became one.

In the first instance, I had to get help from Legal Aid in the state where I lived due to the landlord hiding a SEVERE cockroach problem. The instructions they gave me were exactly the same as you've described here.

In the second case, it did escalate and I had to go to city inspectors, which got action FAST! Unfortunately, the actions taken shattered the foundation of the property, creating a worse problem. I asked to be let out of my lease and they granted me permission and gave me my security deposit back.

As a landlord, I cannot understand why a property owner wouldn't want to keep their property in great condition. I truly appreciate it when a tenant tells me repairs are needed, because it saves me a lot of money in the long run if I can fix a problem while it's still small.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I don't understand why landlords don't want to repair their property either but it must be because they don't have to live there. I would much rather my tenenats tell me about a problem too, especially before they try to fix it themselves, epecially when it is a problem involving water. Thanks so much for sharing that here Jellygator!

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

My parents once rented a house out to people who literally wrecked the entire sofa and other things in the house. I guess this is a two way street....if both parties need to be aware of laws present and photograph any evidence in case anything untoward happens. It can be a really dicey issue if not handled well, and thanks for bringing it to light!! Sharing.

Venus Rutledge 3 years ago

I rent from my boss. We have never had a contract of any sort. I have told her the things that go wrong and simple things like replacing a toilet flapper or a faucet we do our selves with no deduction from our rent and obviously saving her money from calling a plumber! A couple of times she paid for the parts needed! Now we have a larger problem....Living in Florida of course we have a pool that is caged. The screening is rotten from the years and I have told her this several times. She had a screening folk come out to estimate replacement but with no avail on her part. We now have tree rats (squirrels) coming in and pooping all around the pool as well as my disabled husband trying to chase them out during the day while I'm at work! THIS IS DISGUSTING, not to mention unhealthy. What can one do with no contract and all is verbal in Florida?

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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

If it is a serious health hazzard, you can still go to your local Health Department. Because having a broken pool fence is a serious risk to the general public, they may intervene. This landlord is putting herself at risk for a very serious lawsuit. Even if she keeps a fence around a pool and a child gets hurt in, the owner can be held accountable. You may want to remind her that it would be her legal liablilty. As far as the squirrels, that is probably something that the landlord/ owner isn't accountable for because it is an act of nature. Hope this helps!

AudraLeigh 3 years ago

My boyfriend and I live ...Lease an apartment in a house. I moved in after his old roomie moved out. Landlord is never around or available. So...we Bought parts for broken toilet and Micah is fixing it because the landlord is mia. Besides this we have asked him for other minor things verbally. He said he was looking for someone to do the work (a month ago).

I saw in your great piece that we should send a written order for repairs. Would that work for us in our case. I am so glad I read this great!

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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow AudraLeigh. Many landlords don't have a sense of urgency when it comes to fixing problems. In a case like this, you can complete these repairs and bill the landlord for labor and supplies. That may make him take your complaints seriously. Thanks for reading!

melissa 2 years ago

how long after sending a certified letter to landlord for repairs, do they have to fix these issues? What is the usual time frame--I live in York Co., PA. There are many electrical issues, chimney falling apart, radon issues, and the basement walls are crumbling and the stones are coming out so you can see light from the outside.

Robert 2 years ago

My apartment is so cold that I can't stay there,and this is with the heat on,its so cold that I have to sleep fully dressed.

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tammyswallow 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Melissa,

Those time limits would be set by your state. Your local Health Department can tell you the amount of time the landlord has to comply. For anything falling under uninhabitable conditions like electrical issues, the landlord must fix those immediately!

Mary Jo Matey 20 months ago

My home is surrounded by MUD .. no gravel in driveway ,, I have slipped and fallen .. in this pigpen area.. I like a nice clean home and this is now becoming un bearable ... I am on a month to month lease after a one years lease .. A new month to month was never made up ... I am in NC .. what are my rights

I have asked twice for gravel and he said he'll address it asap twice and nothing ... I have a money order for the rent total for April .. but have not mailed it due to this situation

he does nothing that I ask ...

Christy 4 months ago

Hello. Advice needed on laws. Was renting a room from some friends. They left town and allowed me to stay. Was informed a month and a half ago the house was being sold and when I needed to be out. Was told I could have all furniture in home. Now we have had a disagreement over other things. Am I still entitled to furniture?

Christy 4 months ago

Just posted in reference to furniture. Live in NC. No rental agreement. Lease etc.

shanisha 3 months ago

hello i am looking for some advice me and my family live in Indiana currently we have been living here for almost 3 years the first week we moved in there was a really bad rain the basement flooded and there was feces from the sewer in our basement when we asked the landlord she said that it had never flooded like it did that night she said the occasional puddle that she could sweep in a drain she came over and cleaned up the basement we were grateful. since we have been here the sewer has flooded at least 6 times rain water seeps in through the walls every time it rain there is water in the basement. she never made it apparent to us that we are on flood grounds we figured that out on our own. now we are on a month to month we don't know what to do please help oh did i mention our sons room is in the basement we have lost s much already. its not fair to dread every time it rains what the basement will look like in the end what should we do

janis goldberg 2 months ago name is Janis.I live in Broward county landlord is a slum a 62 yr old motel.the floors have dirt,mold in the showerbugs crawling around.I have had code enforcement our here .nothing. If you don't have a million dollars donr move to Florida. 7 weeks ago

Ok so I've been renting a house with option to buy and I moved in November 1st 2015. The house is built around/inter grated into a trailer. The foundation is by no means stable, the floors are weak and in the bathroom as well but with tile were you could cut your feet. Most of the doors don't close properly, they have to be lifted to close. The septic tank doesn't drain and I have to take a water pump and drain it myself twice a week. I can see light through some doors and additions made to the house. I went into the addic and the wiring is just twisted together laying on a tin roof with no insolation, not to mention my sons room is wired in the addic with what looks like speaker wire. My a/c doesn't work properly. I've verbally told the landlords, with no repairs done. I have hired people to fix some issues like the ac witch still isn't fixed and the well pump. Which caused me to fall a month behind on rent which I plan on catching up as well as paying my rent on time. Which other than falling behind a month because of money spent to make some repairs I have been on time. Now they are giving me a 3 day notice. Mind you this isn't all that's wrong with the house/property or the way the landlord harassed us. Any information would help, if any attorneys could do pro bono to help me resolve my problems it'd be like hitting the lottery. I want to buy this place after my lease is up, however I think they would get worse if I force their hands or just not allow me to purchase the property when the contract is up. If you could email me or reply on here. I really need help. I'm a 80% disabled vet with a fixed income and this is extremely stressful. Thank you very much

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