Withholding rent may get your landlords attention, but may be harmful to you. Lenders today require 12 months proof of on time rental payments not paying your landlord can cause damage to your credit, and make you ineligible to purchase a home.
You have the option of paying rent into a court registry, a brokerâ€™s escrow account, or an attorney's escrow account provided you notify your landlord you are doing so. Offering the landlord an opportunity to correct the issues within a certain period of time or you will have the work completed by a reputable firm and offset the costs against rent. Any such activity may have adverse consequences.
Your best option is to send your landlord a certified letter outlining the problem, provide an deadline for the issue to be corrected, and state what your intention are if the issues are not resolved.
Prior to taking that action consult a real estate attorney fully familiar with your issues for additional advice.
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1 Photo document the items in need of repair
2. If the issue is a health and safety issue, you can contact the department of health or the city building and safety department. They will document problem and instruct them that the repairs need to be done.
Best of luck to you!!!
Kawain Payne, Realtor.