How do I get my landlord to make basic repairs?
February 5, 2004 6:03 PM Subscribe
Landlord issues! I'm on a month-to-month lease in a duplex and I'm having a terribe time getting my landlord to make basic repairs. I've sent him a letter asking for repairs to be made within 14 days, but he hasn't gotten back to me yet. What do I do next? [More inside]
posted by Coffeemate to home & garden (13 answers total)
I've asked him to fix so many things over the last few months, and I'm not ready to move yet. In Minnesota, the next step is to take the landlord to conciliation court and sue for rent abatement. The MN Attorney General has a helpful handbook on this issue, but I'm looking for some feedback - has anyone else been through this?
I think the repairs I've requested are reasonable - what do you think? I've asked him to fix the front door to the two duplex units, which has a splintered frame and does not lock.
My front door is hung so far off-plumb that it's impossible for me to weatherstrip it so it won't leak cold Minnesota air.
The shower's grout is rotten and the shower itself leaks into the kitchen below, and the ceiling is in danger of falling down.
The garage door does not work in cold weather (a real rarity here in MN) so I can't use my garage.
My neighbors smoke weed and burn incense constantly next door, and the smell somehow comes (through the ventilation?) into my unit. I think that either we share 1 furnace and ventilation system, but I'm not sure. Is there something that says that a landlord should keep separate ventilation systems between units?
I am willing to take the landlord to court, because I have contacted him numerous times with no response. I'm just nervous that his failure to respond means that he is going to try and evict me. What should I bring to court to protect myself and make my case?
Thanks for all your help!