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I returned from class today to find this on the front door of the building:


I’m going to hurt the landlords, I swear. Not only have they not completed repairs I requested last August, or replaced the dead lightbulbs in the hallways, but now this!

I called the company and their reply was “Oh. We’ll look into that.” Click. Then I called the water authority and they said it was affecting almost my entire block, which is all owned by the same company, and that they’ve been swamped with calls all day about it.

How in the world do you forget to pay $4600 in water bills?!

Does someone more familiar with lease laws than me know if I have anything I can do about their general ineptitude? Suing wouldn’t be worth it, I’m looking for something less drastic.

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  1. I’m almost certain that you can legally make some repairs yourself or hire someone to do them (like replacing the light bulbs, caulking the shower, or fixing the smoke detector) if you give written notice to the landlord and inform them that you will be deducting the cost of the repair from your next rent payment. Not sure if that applies to hallway light bulbs outside your actual apartment, but you could look into it. As for the water thing, I don’t know if there’s much you can do besides hope they pay up soon.

  2. I’ve heard the same thing regarding hiring someone else to do it if they fail to fix things in a timely manner.

  3. Thanks, I’m gonna have to look into that.

    The light bulbs unfortunately are florescent (sp?) or I would have replaced them long ago myself and just eaten the buck or two in cost.

    And the water notice posted on the door was gone by 6 PM, so I’m hoping its taken care of.