When you become a renter, you want things to go as smoothly as possible in your home. However, there are times when things break. You might get a broken pipe, or a loose floorboard or your toilet acts up. From time to time, there will be things that go wrong and repairs will be necessary. Often, when repairs are needed, it's not a big deal-- you notify your landlord of the problem, they fix it, and everything is fine. However, there are some things to know about apartment repair issues when there isn't such a simple solution.
Obviously, the first thing that you have to do is to properly inform the landlord that there are repairs to be made. It's always important to put in repair requests in writing and you can do this easily with a simple maintenance request. Make sure that you have a record of this request because you want to make sure that it's documented.
After your landlord receives your request, you have to give them a reasonable amount of time to resolve the issue. Reasonable is relative and depends on the repair.
For instance, if it demands immediate attention like a broken pipe that is flooding the apartment, then that should be taken care as soon as possible. However, even matters that aren't urgent should be resolved in the reasonable time because they can get worse over time. They can lead to further issues, like a leak can cause mold over time.
Every landlord must provide every tenant a livable rental space. This includes basics like functioning plumbing, water, electricity and sanitary grounds without filth or vermin; and they must make necessary repairs to maintain this level. If they don't make repairs in these areas, then they are violating the tenant's warranty of habitability. As a tenant, you can take action with the following:
If you've followed the law and properly notified your landlord of repair issues and they do nothing to resolve it, then you can take action. An experienced tenants' rights attorney can inform you of your rights and help you protect them. Talk to a Wolford Wayne attorney who can be a strong advocate for you against your landlord. Contact us today for more information.
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