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Can they do this??

so we have lived here in this apartment for a year now since we moved in our dish washer has been broken..never worked for us..well we r signing a new lease n asked for it to get fixed well he refuses to fix it..he says not till all his apartments are filled he'll go through n fix what needs to be fixed wtf can he really do this. i personally think they should reduce our rent if they arent going to fix the things that r supposed to be working. what do u think??

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mommyof3_21

Asked by mommyof3_21 at 3:39 PM on Mar. 23, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • yeah, that's bullcrap
    zoejains_momma

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 3:40 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • Probably. Its not an essential thing like a toilet or something
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 3:40 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • Depends on what the lease says, if it says dishwasher than yes he should have to fix it.
    yesmaam

    Answer by yesmaam at 3:41 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • You need to look at your copy of the original lease agreement and see what it says in regards to the landlord or management company's obligations for repairs and you'll have your answer on what you can or cannot do.
    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 3:41 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • Well typically the landlord is responsible for keeping appliances working IF they were supplied with apartment. Since you say it has never worked he would have a good argument for not fixing, since technically it never worked and you moved in with that knowledge. However, IF you thought it worked and discovered it did not after moving in and can prove you wrote him a letter or notified him in some way then the argument swings back your way. I believe there is some process you can begin to pay your rent into an escrow account (you would have to open one), put him on notice that the premises are not being kept in a reasonable manner and you will be paying rent into an escrow account until he remedies - check your local statutes as I'm not certain a dishwasher is considered a big enough inconvenience to take drastic steps. Google landlord/tenent issues in your town and look at your state statute under rental properties. GL
    8Tinkerboo8

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 3:43 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • A dishwasher is not a neccesity, so they really can't get in trouble for that. Is it shitty and underhanded? Of course! But sadly they know they don't have to deal with it.
    Musicmom80

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 3:44 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • Check your lease. Unless dishwasher is specifically covered in the lease, then there's really nothing you can do because it is a non-essential item.
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 3:44 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • it says that its included...so they need to fix it. we have been reminding them for a whole year n nothings been done. my hubby used to be a maintance man at a hotel so he knows how to fix most things n says if they wont do it he will he just fixed our garbage disposile cuz they refused to fix that as well.. i just dont want him to mess with anything cuz then they'll get mad..i say im going to call someone who can fix it n just send them the bill!!!
    mommyof3_21

    Comment by mommyof3_21 (original poster) at 3:45 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • Ahhhhh! That sucks. :( If it were hot water or the furnace, you could actually pay for the repair and deduct it from your next month's rent.
    8Tinker has some really good suggestion. Take a close look at your lease.

    Our last rental came with Washer/Dryer, but there was a clause in the lease that if those broke, they would not be repaired or replaced. They broke, and we wound up having to purchase new ones . . . which we kept.

    How do you feel about refusing to renew your lease unless your washer is fixed?
    ImaginationMama

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 3:48 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

  • Yes agree with vicesix - look at your lease - in my lease it states what the landlord is responsible for maintaining, little boxes where things are checked like appliances - if it's in the lease then he must fix it and if he refuses, he is in breach of contract and you can then follow the steps I described earlier.
    8Tinkerboo8

    Answer by 8Tinkerboo8 at 3:48 PM on Mar. 23, 2011

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