time for the landlord to make the repair, considerthe seriousness of the condition and the nature
of the repair. It is a good ide to notify the landlord in writingthat you plan to use the "repair
r ir ato
information. You may subtract these repair costs from your next month’s rent by sending copies
of the repair receipts along with the remaining amount of rent due to your landlord. When using
“repair and deduct” the tenant must be careful and spend only a reasonable amount on the repair.
The tenant should not improve the property, only rpair the defect. The tenant should use only
qualified and licensed workers to make the repairs. If you do not feel tat "repair and deduct"
will address your issue, you should consider contacting an attorney.
Are there any agencies that can force a landlord to make repairs?
There is no statewide agency that regulates the condition residential rental housing.
Some cities and counties have local ordinances orcodes that regulate residential rental housing.
These codes and ordinances are often enforced bythe city or county.
ou may wish to contact
the housing code inspector if you are in a city, town or county with a housing, building, or health
unaware whether or not your area has such codes,call the city hall or county courthouse and ask
for the building inspector or the code enforcement office.
The home I was renting was severely damaged during recent flooding. I can no longer live in the home due to the water damage. Do I still have to pay rent to my landlord?
In general, a tenant should not have to parent if the rental unitis no longer habitable.
When the tenant’s unit is damaged, the tenant needs to notify the landlord of the damage verbally
and in writing. If the tenant wants to movesthe tenant should offer to vacate the unit and ask