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compensation.

I do not have a written lease agreement and am renting an apartment month-to-month. The landlord is refusing to make repairs. Should I expect the landlord to repair the leaky roof and plumbing?

Yes, regardless of whether or not you ha ae written lease, your lndlord is obligated

under

state

law

to

make

repairs.

A

tenant-will

has

the

right

to

use

repair

and

deduct

but

should keep in mind that the lease can be terminated with sixty (60) days notice. A tenant-at-will

would be wise not to spend more on repairs than he can deduct from the rent in sixty (60) days.

Is pest control part of the maintenance responsibilities of the landlord?

No, unless your rental agreement providthat the landlord will supply pest control

services. Read your lease to see ifpest control is specified as t e responsibility of the landlord.

If it is not in the lease, pestcontrol may not be required of te landlord unless local housing or

health

codes

require

it.

If

ehpest

problem

in

the

apartment

is

severe,

the

landlord

may

be

required to address the problem because the propety's condition violates local health and safety

ordinances.

My landlord will not repair a broken parking lot light. I am concerned about my safety. What can I do to force the landlord to make this repair?

Your landlord is obligated to exercise ordnary care in keeping the unit and access to the

unit safe for tenants. The landlord has a duty exercise ordinary care to prevent foreseeable

third party criminal attacks on tenants. You need to give written noticof the problem to both

the local property manager and the owner. In at letter you need to state that you are worried

about your safety because of the defect. Ia landlord has knowledge of unsafe conditions and

does not repair, the landlord maybe liable if someone is injuredas a result of t e danger. You

should state how you want the landlord to remedythe situation. You should keep a copy of this

letter for your own records. Beyond notifying your landlord, youroptions are limited. Repair

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