Can I break my lease (San Francisco) if there are multiple indoor water leaks, after living there for 1 month?

Asked by Alex, Brown Springs, Birmingham, AL Mon Sep 8, 2008

I signed a 1 year lease to a home in San Francisco. Unfortunately have been multiple water leaks within the first month. The landlord was quick about fixing the first one, but the second one is taking longer. It has also soaked much of the carpet in the house, and now the home smells of mildew. I didn't know anything about these possible leaks when I moved in. I don't think the mildew is sanitary - can I legally break my lease? Any advice for someone in my situation?

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Lisa Cartola…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Tue Sep 9, 2008

Hi. A very similar question was asked a couple of days ago. Your landlord is responsible for repairing leaks and should also have a procedure in place to mitigate water damage (example throughly drying out the apartment) to prevent microbial growth.

I would suggest you contact the San Francisco Rent Control Board to discuss with them your options

Good luck,

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
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