Is this an example of landlord neglect and does the landlord have the right to lie about their insurance costs when they have no insurance?

UPDATED: Aug 23, 2012

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Is this an example of landlord neglect and does the landlord have the right to lie about their insurance costs when they have no insurance?

In the house I rent, originally the manager was supposed to return to do the walk-through as she had another house to show. I was told at that time any issues we agreed on that needed to be repaired would be done upon doing the walk-through but never showed. The new manager got angry when I sent a request for repairs as the house is not up to electrical codes and no maintenance at all has been done, yet they are remodeling the houses next door but nothing on mine. He never returns my calls but drives by slowly at night. I stick to the terms of the lease completely other than being late once.

Asked on August 23, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Kansas


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you believe that the rental you have is not up to code with the electricity and needed repairs are not being completed as requested, I suggest that you write the landlord or the property manager a note (keep a copy of it for future need and reference) asking that the needed repairs be done by a certain date or you will have the local permit and building department's representative come by for an inspection. If you do not get the response you desire, then you contact the building department for an inspection of the unit. If cited, the landlord is required to make the repairs.

The landlord has an obligation to you to be truthful and honest in the dealings concerning the rental. From what you have written, you have a situation of landlord neglect.

I suggest that you may want to consult with a landlord tenant attorney further about your matter and how you may wish to proceed.

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