In some states you are not guaranteed hot water or a kitchen. Perhaps you are renting rooms and as such you have no kitchen priveledges.
What does your lease state? Look for something in print and then you have a case. Meantime, send a certified letter via the US post office to your landlord demanding he/she come through with the promises you received. I would state the dates you moved in and in quotes the statements made to you as to the upgrade to your place made by the landlord. Give a specific date upon which you demand fulfillment of the promises. The certified letter should also have a return signature card to you so you know that the letter was received. Retain all this along with the photos you take.
Next take photos of every nook and cranny of your place showing what you have and the state in which it is in (did you sign a move in/move out paper?) Photo your place neat with regard to your own clothes and furniture. Photo anything that is damaged and was damaged when you moved in? Photos work in court and help make your case.
Are there other 'apartments' in the building? Do they have kitchens? If so, see if you can take a photo at one of them. You should make friends with the other tenants if there are any and get the lowdown on this landlord. You never know what kind of promises were made to them. Power in numbers remember.
DO NOT STOP PAYING THE RENT. No matter what you need to continue paying rent. If you don't you might not get your deposit back (READ YOUR LEASE).
I'm a landlord (and a real estate agent) and I've been to court dozens of times with tenants (99.9% because they don't pay rent for all kinds of reasons they make up to get out of shelling out funds), so I'm pretty versed in some of this. However, real estate agents can not give legal advice. So these are my suggestions as a landlady.....
Ultimately, you migh seek free legal assistance from the city in which you reside. Go online and see if the city doesn't have a booklet about renters' and landlord rights. That would also be a good place to start.
When all else fails, you can talk to an attorney. I would also start looking for another apartment BUT do not break your lease unless you can come to terms with the landlord about that stating you want your deposit back and you want him/her to sign a release from your obligations to the current lease.
Best of luck to you.
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It may be time to start looking again....the landlord has had more than ample time to make these arrangements. If you are paying for a kitchen you should have one!!
It sounds like you have been more than patient.....time to flex some muscle and advocate for yourself.