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I have lived in a duplex for 2 years now and the "property manager" is a retired realtor who maintains the property for the owner who lives in Arizona. I have a couple of questions about what this property manager is actually responsible for? We started with a 1 year lease and have continued to rent now on a month to month basis because it's in a good area and we actually like it.
The back yard is completely redwood decking with a built in hot tub (has never worked and was in fact supposed to be removed from the property 2 years ago when we moved in, it's even written into the lease but it's still there). After 2 full summers on this deck and we use it every day, it is in need of some help, peeling, splintering and needs to be refinished or treated. My 7 year old daughter is in a constant state of foot slivers. It's to the point where it dangerous. The gutters have rotted in a couple of spots causing water to pour through in the rain and stay in the shady driveway causing algae/moss which WE have to power wash off after a rain. The door from the garage leading into the kitchen has always been rough, it's actually fallen out of the frame because the hinges fall off and are stripped. My husband actually had to hammer pencils into a few of the holes just to get the door hanging again! Not to mention a pretty significant security risk! I like to keep my garage door open during the day. Now we find out after 2 years why our utility bills have been so high! Twice what they should have been and we've been telling the landlord that there is something obviously wrong and he's insisted that it's us. Our dryer burned up yesterday from the inside. Thank God there wasn't a fire. It overheated because the vent is too backed up. Not the vent from the dryer to the wall, the wall up and out is completely filled up and caused the dryer to overheat. It was making our dryer have to go through 3 dry cycles to even dry the clothes! And today...the air decided not to work. The landlords response to all of this? Well, the owner doesn't want to deal with fixing the smaller stuff. I'll call someone about the a/c but it won't be today. I'll let you know when I've gotten hold of anyone. Now correct me if I'm wrong but were in the middle of a heatwave here!? Can this guy refuse to fix all of this stuff and when does he HAVE to have the a/c repaired. I'm losing my mind here...
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First, and I don't want to be too presumptuous here, however, sorry to hear about your maintenance problems. Your landlord or manager should, like most landlords, try hard to take care of their tenants and maintenance needs. You need to keep the pressure on your manager to fix those things that he is responsible for and keep a record of it. You can also take a look at
http://www.landlord.com/tenant_habitability_responsibilities_2011.htm to see your state's laws in regard to your rights. Good luck.