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Is it legal to not pay rent if...

the landlord will not do anything about bed bugs, roaches, and broken air conditioner?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:07 PM on Jul. 19, 2010 in Home & Garden

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Answers (18)
  • Landlords have a duty of implied warranty of habiltability. Meaning the landlord has a duty to keep the property habitable according to the laws in your state. Now as far as the bed bugs, roaches, and air conditioner you have several options. In order to fix the problem you can pay to fix the problem and deduct the cost of what you paid to make the repairs from the portion of your monthly rent. But you must pay rent. You are not entirely exempt from not paying rent. Have you approached the landlord about the problem? What was his response? You always have a duty to pay rent unless the problem occuring has in a sense caused you to become constructivly evicted. This occurs when the landlord doesn't fix the water or plumbing for several weeks and you can't live in the property. If you chose to leave because the landlord has not fixed these problems that have made the premesis inhabitable, you must leave within a reasonable time.

    Answer by lawmom27 at 6:19 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • I'm not sure, but you should contact your local housing authority office. good luck

    Answer by stressedmomma13 at 6:09 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Your options should be listed in your lease agreement.

    Answer by bizlady at 6:10 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • It depends on your lease - normally - no....but you need to report them!!!!

    Answer by ZBME4Mom at 6:13 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • No. It's not legal.

    Answer by Honestbest at 6:09 PM on Jul. 19, 2010


    Answer by lightbulbe at 6:15 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Check the area you live and your lease. Usually the tennant is responsible for bugs since there isn't proof you didn't bring them with you. Not saying you did, just how it is. But, no. Not paying rent isn't a good idea. Good luck.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 6:15 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • No. Bugs are YOUR issue in most states unless the lease says differently, and fixing broken appliances may be up to you if it was negligence or recklessness that caused it to break.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 6:16 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • You can sue the landlord for damages resulting from having to move to another place because of his inability to bring the property up to code.

    Answer by lawmom27 at 6:20 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Go with Lawmom27's answer! Also, note the date and times you called and communicated with the landlord. Send a request in writing, keep track of everything. Review your lease and check with the city regarding building and safety codes.

    Answer by WoodWitch at 6:23 PM on Jul. 19, 2010