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Kneves808, Home Buyer in Conroe, TX

Our Landlord will not fix our leaky roof. We would like to get out of our lease, is it possible? How do we start?

Asked by Kneves808, Conroe, TX Fri Jan 27, 2012

We signed a lease with our landlord back in October of 2011 for 1 yr., we stated that we wanted some items repaired, two of the items were not completed. A repair to the roof and soffit which were causing a leak and replace and repaint the deck. After much harassment on our parts, calling every other day after the first month, he finally sent out his carpenter to do the deck. It took about a month but he tore it down and rebuilt it. He has not repainted it and it has been built since Christmas. His carpenter also repaired the soffit and roof, but when the next bit of rain came the roof was leaking again. Now we have huge water spots on our ceiling, and mold is probably growing. We have called and left several messages, he is unresponsive. When we originally spoke to him regarding all the issues with the home his statement was just tell my carpenter and we will fix everything. So since the repairs are on the lease and uncompleted we just want to terminate the lease, How can we?

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That is a really tough situation that you are in. It is never good to leave a leaky roof unrepaired. I wish you the best of luck in getting out of your lease and hope that you area able to get everything figured out.
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As a tenant you are entitled to have a safe place to live. I've attached a link to the Texas Tenant Rights page. It will explain in greater detail what you should do to get results. I hope it stays dry until you do.
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Take photos, document your communication efforts, review the lease terms... Check for "who is responsible for what" typically the issues you are describing are the landlords responsibility. However, he has done some repairs and shown some degree of effort to resolve the problems albeit unacceptable to you (and most people). To just walk away may be problematic as the landlord has rights as well. The laws are designed to protect the tenant, but do not count on this. Documentation, photos and continue to make efforts to communicate your problems. Most landlords that defy correcting issues like this, and have repeatedly ignored the WRITTEN and oral request to do so, will not "pay" to seek damages against you. The risk is mitigated dramatically when the issues are well documented. Seek council for a legal opinion. I am not a lawyer and am not legally allowed to provide legal advice... just food for thought!
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