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|There Is a Problem With the Condition of My Apartment||
Last updated: July 2009
Your landlord must provide you with a safe and livable apartment. That means:
Tell your landlord right away that you have a problem:
If you think that the problem is serious enough, contact the state building inspector.
No. It is against the law for your landlord to evict you for seeking repairs of problems that violate the building code. If your landlord tries to evict you within a year of your complaint, you will have a defense against the eviction. If you get court papers for an eviction case, you should contact a lawyer immediately.
For tenants living in most types of apartment buildings, you can have a professional contractor repair violations of the local building code, and take out the cost from your rent. This is called “repair and deduct.”
To repair and deduct you must do the following:
You do not have the right to use “repair and deduct” if you live in one of the following types of buildings:
For a list of organizations in your area that may be able to help you, enter your zip code.
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