(WHTM) – Imagine you have a water leak in your house or apartment and no one is going to fix it. abc27 has a warning for all tenants and what to do if a tenant is unable to fix their problems.
So what if a landlord doesn’t fix a problem?
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Mia Manalili enters her rental house. At the top of the stairs is her daughter’s room, which Manalili says is uninhabitable because the ceiling is raining and collapsing. Manalili says her daughter was lucky the blanket didn’t fall on her while she slept.
“That’s the biggest thing I have because I have young ones,” said Manalili.
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She says she complained about water leaks for months before the ceiling fell.
“I called her and said, ‘Hey, there’s a bubble,'” said Manalili.
She wonders how long it can take a landlord to fix a leaky room. She fears that the next heavy rain could cause the entire ceiling to collapse.
We turned to the landlord, who informed us in a statement: “The house has a slate roof and slate repair companies are supported. We hope to be able to fix it very soon. ”
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So what can tenants do if a landlord fails to fix a serious problem?
“The tenant should put this in writing,” said Dan McCarthy, real estate attorney.
Just before the pandemic, McCarthy said renters should send the landlord a letter, give them 30 days to resolve the issue, and visit the court to open an escrow account. In this way, tenants can legally withhold the rent.
Manalili says her daughter has nowhere to sleep. “It’s just not worth living,” she said.
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A warning: no matter how bad the conditions in the apartment are, tenants cannot simply give up the rent, they can and will be evicted. As always, don’t waste your money.