What to do about repairs that have not been made?

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What to do about repairs that have not been made?

I pay rent for a basement apartment under my landlord. The previous tenants, upon moving out, were charged repair fees to have the lights replaced but there are a couple of lights that still aren’t functioning, so the fixtures must be bad. In the lease, it says all repairs must be submitted to the landlord in writing. We moved in almost 11 months ago and submitted the light repair list about 2 months later; to date they still haven’t done a single thing.

Asked on November 23, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Utah

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are wise to read your lease to see how to handle the matter.  I would once again submit the request in writing by certified mail.  I would state that the condition could result in a safety issue (depends on where the lights are located) and/or is interfering with your use and enjoyment of the apartment.  I know you probably want to have them fixed and deduct it from the rent but courts do not really like that approach.  The next step if you are ignored is to ask the court to intervene.  Good luck.


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