How to confront landlord of problems in apartment?

@acdc0805 (981)
United States
October 5, 2006 6:38pm CST
How should I confront my landlord about problems in our apartment. When we moved in there were holes in the carpet-that they said they'd fix, and it seems like we're all constantly sick-constant headaches, runny noses etc... Also about the maintence guy-whom she says is her friend-he refuses to fix anything at our apartment-and claims that he's alraedy fixed them, says he dates things-which is incorrect-We dont like to be "bad tenants" but sometimes things need to be fixed. We're both really shy, and don't know really how to confront it.
3 responses
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
20 Oct 06
If the conditions are so bad that you are getting sick you may want to contact your local health department. I'm sure a notice from them would cause your landlord to be a little more prompt about repairs.
@Victoria7 (1242)
• Spain
19 Oct 06
Document everything. Legally (here anyway) you have the right to withhold your rent until he makes good on his promises to improve your apartment - when he does this, he gets his rent. He is in the wrong.
• Canada
19 Oct 06
I've said it before, and I'll say it again here: document everything. Take pictures and date them, write down everything that is wrong with your place, and make a record of every conversation you have with your landlord or the maintenance guy. If you feel that you can't confront your landlord personally, write a letter detailing what you feel needs to be done, and give it a time-frame. (Keep a copy for yourself.) If the problem is not rectified to your liking, contact the local rentral tribunal-they'll tell you what your rights are in the particular state you're in.