When Repairs are Required

A tenant should refer to the lease to determine responsibility for repairs. If the landlord is responsible, the tenant should first contact the landlord. If the landlord refuses to comply with the request, the tenant may try the following:

  • Present a written list of the repairs requested with a defined time limit
  • Be cooperative, be available and offer to be present when a repair person arrives

The tenant should:

  • Keep copies of correspondence to and from the landlord
  • Follow-up on any agreement both written and verbal given by the landlord
  • Give reasonable time frames for repairs to be made
  • Follow-up with written reminders for outstanding repairs
  • If the tenant still remains delinquent in completion of repairs the tenant should contact an attorney