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    Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Short story is that I moved into a duplex around a month and a half ago. The place is pretty good for the price, but it definitely has some wear. Anyways, after about a week, the basement started getting water in about half of it. I am pretty sure it is a problem with the condensation hose, but cannot quite determine where or what is causing the leak. It is coming from within the furnace unit downstairs(we have central air).

    Anyways, I have been calling, and leaving messages on my landlord's phone since the beginning of the problem. She hasn't returned one. It is now a month and half later and it is more than annoying. I am collecting most of the water as it drips, but there is still some that gets on the floor that I have to sweep into a drain on the other side of the basement.

    What should I do? I just left a message saying that if she doesn't get back to me I am going to have to visit her to talk things out in person. My only other ideas are to have someone fix it and then take it out of the rent for the month. She is in breach of the lease as well for not maintaining a habitable environment(along with other things, such as no smoke detectors)

    Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated.



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Time to send a certified letter informing her of the problem and the need for corrective action per your lease.




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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    May be time to show up at her place with a copy of the lease you signed and give her notice if it is not fixed soon you will call her out for breach of contract. Probably a way to turn her into the city too if you look into it but sounds like it is time to take a more agressive approach with her as she obviously is blowing you off right now by not returning calls.


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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Hmm okay. What is the endgame in this? Does she get fined? Forced to fix it?



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    One way of meeting her halfway may be to get permission to have the work done than take the payment out of your rent. Amicable is good. If she is still not going to do it, lawyer up, or call a Renters Rights center and they can advise you how to proceed.


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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Problem is more than likely something easy, clogged drain pipe, drip pan out of place, dirty filter,etc check it all...you may have to drill a hole to check out the pipe. (look at the schematic for you Central air unit, google the serial)

    This may be easier/faster than geting your landlord to do anything, especial around the first of August the busiest time. Also I would ge tthat smoke detector put in for you own good...$10 is cheap when it comes to your life.



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Okay, so she literally just called me and said that she has been out of town for a week(even though I have called every week for the last 4 at least). She said she called her ac guy to take care of it tomorrow. She is also coming tonight to fix the smoke detector issues. I guess it took me saying I was gonna come over and visit with her about it. Thank you everyone for the advice.



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    Okay, so she literally just called me and said that she has been out of town for a week(even though I have called every week for the last 4 at least). She said she called her ac guy to take care of it tomorrow. She is also coming tonight to fix the smoke detector issues. I guess it took me saying I was gonna come over and visit with her about it. Thank you everyone for the advice.
    Either that, or she reads CF



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    Okay, so she literally just called me and said that she has been out of town for a week(even though I have called every week for the last 4 at least). She said she called her ac guy to take care of it tomorrow. She is also coming tonight to fix the smoke detector issues. I guess it took me saying I was gonna come over and visit with her about it. Thank you everyone for the advice.
    Maybe she reads CycloneFanatic

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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    Okay, so she literally just called me and said that she has been out of town for a week(even though I have called every week for the last 4 at least). She said she called her ac guy to take care of it tomorrow. She is also coming tonight to fix the smoke detector issues. I guess it took me saying I was gonna come over and visit with her about it. Thank you everyone for the advice.
    She obviously posts on CF. My guess is UNIGuy...



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    If you ever have that problem again, I suggest that you call the City of Ames (if that is where you live) and have someone come out and inspect the place. The landlord will follow his/her instructions ;)



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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    Okay, so she literally just called me and said that she has been out of town for a week(even though I have called every week for the last 4 at least). She said she called her ac guy to take care of it tomorrow. She is also coming tonight to fix the smoke detector issues. I guess it took me saying I was gonna come over and visit with her about it. Thank you everyone for the advice.
    She must read this website and would not want to stiff a true Cyclone fan. Or else, she waits till she finds out your handle and now can harass you.


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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Trainer View Post
    Okay, so she literally just called me and said that she has been out of town for a week(even though I have called every week for the last 4 at least). She said she called her ac guy to take care of it tomorrow. She is also coming tonight to fix the smoke detector issues. I guess it took me saying I was gonna come over and visit with her about it. Thank you everyone for the advice.
    The correct way to handle these situations would be to give a 7-day notice to repair which states that if the problem is not fixed in that time period, you intend to terminate the lease. Even if the problem is repaired, if it re-occurs within 6 months of the letter, you do not have to give another 7-day letter but can terminate the lease at that time.

    If you're a student, see an attorney for free at student legal services.


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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

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    If you ever have that problem again, I suggest that you post on CF again. ;)

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    Re: Landlord won't fix problem/advice needed

    I suggest that you keep track of all the problems you have had. Right down the problems and the dates that you called to inform the landlord of the problems. That way down the road if you continue to experience issues you have a record of problems and contacts and it will be easier to get out of a lease if you have this kind of documentation.



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