Re: my windows dont open
by Katiekate on Saturday, March 17, 2012 @06:15
You cannot get out of the lease over this...
this is what you can to do:
Notify the landlord IN WRITING (send a letter certified) In this letter detail the problem. Further, give the landlord a reasonable amount of time to fix the problem ...say 3 weeks (since it isn't hot yet). Outline what you will do in the event the problem isn't fixed. You can either....pay for the fix yourself and reduce your rent by that much (be sure to send receipts for the work...if you do the work yourself you cannot reduce the rent for it). OR, you can put your rent into an escrow account until the fix is done. Write in the letter which of these courses of action you plan to take and when you will take it.
But... if you choose to put the rent into an escrow account...you MUST go to a bank and set this account up...this is NOT your account. You must provide to the landlord the bank name, address, phone number, account number, and the deposit slip (copy). You cannot just not pay the rent..that will get you evicted.
So.. first, give the landlord proper notice and reasonable time to fix it.