Renter's rights for landlord neglecting property

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Renter's rights for landlord neglecting property
Renters have rights in condos. (Image by, courtesy of Daniel Lobo)

When a landlord neglects duties, the renter usually suffers because unsafe living conditions can result. Renters have several options of what to do in that case.

Move Out

You may be able to move out if the landlord neglects the property. Many states have a law that allows a renter to stop paying rent and move out in the case of landlord neglect, according to lawyer Mark Weinberger.

Make Repairs Yourself

According to Attorney Frances Campbell, if a landlord neglects to make repairs, the renter must ask the landlord in writing. If no repairs are made 30 days after, you may make the repairs and deduct the expenses from rents.

Hire Contractors

If you do not feel comfortable making repairs on your own, you may be able to hire contractors and then deduct the amount in your future rents.

Sue Landlord

In the case of severe landlord negligence, you may sue the landlord. Suing the landlord may be a long and expensive process but if you win the case, you may be entitled to recover damages.

Complaint With Local Housing Authority

If a landlord is neglecting your property, you can contact the local housing authority and file a complaint. You should put your requests in writing and give it to your landlord first.

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