I am so sorry for your predicament. This is the danger of renting/ leasing a property without doing a title search on the property beforehand. Renters, beware! The reason that the property is in default is that the owner cannot/ will not make payments, and if they are about to lose the property, they have no incentive to make improvements. As a tenant, you have rights; however, enforcing them is a difficult and time consuming process, especially when you are in ill health.
You will probably need the assistance of an attorney to help you.
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If you can live woth the issu efor a short while, you should speak with an attorney prior to making any repairs or moving out to understand your rights first. The worst thing would be if you made repairs or moved out and the landlord / owner sued YOU !
Best of luck and let us know what happens,
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What an unfortunate situation you have on your hands - I feel for you. It would be difficult to go after the property owner especially if they are in default and this would be very time consuming - not to mention taxing on the nerves. You may end up having to pay for the repair yourself and deducting it from your rent due next month.
I would first suggest calling the city http://www.hacla.org/ and filing a complaint. Speak to a representative and get advice. You may also need to speak with an attorney to enforce your rights.
I wish you luck and a speedy repair!
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