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Landlord's Responsibility for Lack of Heat

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February 4, 2018

Last Wednesday morning the apartment in front of ours caught on fire. Everyone made it out okay, thank God because they all had children. Our apartment is fine, however the gas line was under the apartment that caught fire so they turned our gas off, so we have no heat. We do have an 8 year old living with us, and the landlord just offered to take $50 off of our rent. The apartment is at 39 degrees. We are not under a lease any more, it expired. Is there anything we can do?

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February 5, 20180 found this helpful
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I don't know which state you live in, but in Kansas, a landlord is required to provide heat for all tenants (I know because I'm a landlord). I would remind him ASAP that he has a responsibility to provide heat for your apartment, which means getting the gas line fixed as quickly as possible (put it in writing!). I would also remind him that if you incur any extra charges (having to use an electric heater) to heat your apartment, he will be responsible for those extra charges.

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And most importantly of all: document EVERYTHING -- every conversation, every electric bill, receipt(s) for electric heater -- EVERY detail related to this. If any problems arise, you will need all of that documentation in hand. Taking him to small claims court may ultimately be your course of action, but hopefully he'll get things fixed without you having to do that. Some landlords need to be reminded that tenants have rights too. Good luck!

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February 22, 20180 found this helpful
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I hope you have been able to stay warm but hopefully it was not at great expense to you.

  • In most states there are very strict rules/laws for landlords (and tenants) that clearly state what responsibilities each have in a rental agreement.
  • These responsibilities remain the same whether you are under a lease or if you are just paying by the month. As long as you are paying your rent, these laws apply.
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  • Hopefully, you notified your landlord and they took care of problem quickly without any cost to you.
  • If this did not happen then you can make contact with your state services:
  • Google "landlord problems state and local building and health codes" with your zip code. This should give you the information about how to deal with your problem and if you had to spend money then you can find out how to receive reimbursement from your landlord.
  • If you are wondering exactly what responsibilities a landlord has you can check any of the following sites (but remember - some laws differ with each state):
  • www.legalzoom.com/.../real-estate-series-part-ii-what-is...
  • oklaw.org/.../landlord-tenant-rights-and-duties
  • realestate.findlaw.com/.../landlords-duties-regarding-repairs...
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February 4, 20180 found this helpful

All depends if you want to move or not. Is the monthly rent reasonable, do you have to pay utilities, if not then buy yourself an electric heater with the $50 off of your rent and you will have warmth in your apartment.

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February 4, 20180 found this helpful

Do you know when the gas line can be turned back on? Or who handles that.

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In the mean time can you use an electric portable heater?

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