Re: Maintenance/Withholding Rent
by Wilt on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 @07:52
The repairs you seek would not be the landlord's responsibility in many leases, including mine. They are minor items. Does your lease have a repair clause telling you what repairs you are responsible for?
If I rented you a place with a broken disposal, I'd buy and replace the disposal with a good one from HomeDepot for about $75. The ripped screen? Are you kidding? No big deal. Leaking faucets probably need a new washer. Buy a pack of washers for a dollar. The faucets new are probably about $50 -80. each. I'd prefer to do them for you so I know I have the ones I want in my property.
Now then again if you ripped the screen and were abusive on the fixtures... I'd probably be more interested in getting you out.
You said: "I am a great resident who pays my rent on time and takes great care of the property."
It seems to me that you are tight for money after the holidays and are seeking ways to not pay the rent. As a great resident, you refuse to take care of minor things. That's why I try to rent to former home owners who agree to take responsibility for the property in addition to just paying the rent.
The items you listed are laughable and have no connection with the habitability of the home.