If I was without a shower for a month, can I get my month’s rent back for this?

UPDATED: Aug 17, 2012

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If I was without a shower for a month, can I get my month’s rent back for this?

There are two bathrooms in the home I am renting but because there was such a huge mold problem in the primary bathroom, my landlord had to gut it and have it re-done while I was living in it. The entire month I was without a shower because this was the only of the 2 bathrooms that had 1. Can I get my money back for this month? Also, we had a cockroach problem for 4+ months and requested that the landlord get a new exterminator because the issue wasn’t being resolved; finally she called an extermintor and they got rid of the roaches. What are my rights in regards to this as well? My 1 year lease is up in 2 weeks and I am not signing for another year.

Asked on August 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey


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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Here is the problem: your lease is up in two weeks.  In order for your to obtain an abatement of the rent (reduction) you would have had to bring the action against the landlord when the issues were going on, ask to pay the rent in to court until the problem was solved and a reduction in the rent.  Now may be too late unless you sue under some other theory of law which you would need to discuss with an attorney in person.  Good luck.

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