I’ve lived in my house for 9 years and the landlord has made only minimal repairs, do I have to continue paying him rent even though he will not make full repairs?

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I’ve lived in my house for 9 years and the landlord has made only minimal repairs, do I have to continue paying him rent even though he will not make full repairs?

My roof is leaking into my dining room. I sent pictures and he had some people look it. Now he’s selling the house because he said he can’t afford to fix it.

Asked on December 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If the landlord is not fixing issues with the rental that you need repaired then the best way to handle the situation is to have the local building department and health department come out and make an inspection. If the owner is cited, he or she will be forced to make the repairs.


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