Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-09-14 15:54:34 –
The four moms ended as she said no one was repairing the collapsed and leaked ceiling of the rental housing.
Her frustration warns all lessees about what you can do if a repair request cannot be answered.
Mia Manariri loves rental housing with four children.
But she says one of her daughter’s rooms is currently uninhabitable because the ceiling leaks every time it rains. Now it’s collapsing.
Manariri has a bucket filled with plaster and debris and says she’s lucky that it didn’t fall to her while her daughter was sleeping in bed.
“That’s the biggest thing I’m doing right now, because I have young people,” she said.
She says she had been complaining about the leak for months before part of the ceiling went down.
“I called them and said there was foam on the ceiling,” she said.
Manarili wonders how long it will take the landlord to patch a leaky roof.
I am worried that the entire ceiling will collapse the next time it rains.
So I contacted the landlord and a spokesman said, “The house has a slate roof and the slate repair company is backing up. I want to fix it right away.”
A week after the phone call, a roofing company appeared and started repairing.
What to do if you can’t get help
But what if the landlord doesn’t solve the serious problem?
Real estate lawyer Dan McCarthy said:
- If possible, send a letter to the landlord explaining the problem, including a photo.
- Give him 30 days to repair.
- If nothing happens, go to the nearest courthouse and ask the clerk’s office how to open an escrow account.
“You are so-called Rent an escrow,“McCarthy said.
That way, you can legally withhold rent with a court-approved account. The landlord is not allowed to kick you out during the escrow process.
Not all states have rent escrow accounts under court supervision. In some cases, there are other ways to legally withhold your rent. Read the state-specific rules here.
Manariri says he didn’t know what to do after calling for weeks.
“It’s not just livable,” she said.
Note: No matter how bad your apartment is, you cannot stop paying your rent. In most cases, doing so can result in you being kicked out.
That way, you won’t waste your money.
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