What To Do If Landlord Won't Fix Problems?
If your landlord is not making necessary repairs to your rental property, there are several steps you can take:
1. Document the problem: Take pictures or videos of the issue and keep a written record of any correspondence with your landlord, including emails and voicemails. This will be helpful if you need to take legal action later on.
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2. Contact your landlord: Let your landlord know about the problem and give them a reasonable amount of time to make the repairs. It’s best to do this in writing (email or letter), so you have a record of the request.
3. Contact local housing authorities: Many cities have housing authorities that can inspect the property and order the landlord to make repairs. You can find contact information for your local housing authority online or by calling your city or county government.
4. Withhold rent: In some states, you may be able to withhold rent if your landlord is not making necessary repairs. However, you should check your state’s laws to make sure you are following the correct procedure.
5. Seek legal action: If your landlord still does not make the necessary repairs, you may need to seek legal action. This could include filing a complaint with a housing court or seeking a restraining order. It’s best to speak with an attorney before taking legal action.
It’s important to note that some states have specific requirements for the tenant to follow before taking any action such as notifying the landlord in writing, giving them a certain amount of time to fix the issue or even contacting the housing authorities before taking any legal action. Be sure to check and follow your state laws.