How to Sue Your Landlord for Faulty Wiring

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How to Sue Your Landlord for Faulty Wiring

Has your landlord left you with no alternative but in your rental? By law, your landlord is responsible for all maintenance and upkeep to your rental and that does include the electrical wiring throughout your home or apartment.

Let's look at the responsibilities of your landlord concerning your rental's electrical system. Then we will fast and easy with DoNotPay!

Now we will review:

  • Responsibilities of the landlord
  • How to report faulty wiring
  • How to use DoNotPay to help

The Responsibilities of Your Landlord and the Electrical Wiring in Your Rental

In a rental situation, your landlord can't shift the responsibility of the upkeep of the electrical system to you. Even with certain language present in your lease where you are responsible for 'upkeep' your rental unit's electrical system is the responsibility of the landlord.

What you do need to know is the proper procedure for reporting electrical wiring that has become faulty and presents a danger to you and your family.

Each state has different laws that landlords must adhere to but the laws concerning your electrical wiring are pretty straightforward no matter what state you are in.

Try mentioning the issue in a casual conversation and hopefully the faulty wiring will be replaced at once. If not, then you will need to know how to proceed once your landlord has disregarded the faulty electrical wiring.

Faulty wiring can cause fire and deaths in fact it is the highest percentage of the cause of fire due to electrical distribution:

Cause of FirePercent
fixed wiring34.7
cords and plugs17.2
light fixtures12.4
switches, receptacles, and outlets11.4
lamps and light bulbs8.3
fuses, circuit breakers5.6
meters and meter boxes2.2
unclassified or unknown electrical distribution equipment7.3

How to Report Faulty Wiring to Your Landlord

Hopefully, you have the type of landlord that will address your faulty wiring and have it repaired or replaced as soon as he or she is made aware of the situation. If your landlord doesn't make the repairs to your electrical within a reasonable amount of time you will need to take the proper steps, document everything, photograph everything, and keep a timeline of the matter just in case you need to take this issue to court.

Let's look at the steps you will need to take first, and explain each step as we go along.

Step 1. Casually Mention the Issue

As soon as you have an electrical problem, you need to contact your landlord and make him or her aware of the problem. Sometimes a casual conversation that brings the issue to light is the only thing needed to begin repairing faulty wiring.

But, if your conversation falls on deaf ears, take the next step.

Step 2. Letter to Your Landlord

In your letter be sure to mention the fact that you had told the landlord about the electrical problem and nothing was done.

Your letter will be the first documentation pointed directly at your landlord. Mention to your landlord that you have researched what your rights and their responsibilities are and that you are proceeding with local law enforcement if repairs are not completed within a reasonable amount of time.

If you still need to proceed at this point it bears worth mentioning that you should get any further advice from an attorney familiar with landlord laws in your state.

Step 3. Repair and Deduct

Your state will have specific laws about repair and deduct, and before your situation begins to turn into a legal matter you might want to see if this is an option for you.

Under repair and deduct laws you, the renter pay for the repair and then deduct that amount from your next month's rent. Sometimes this can quickly turn into a bad situation if your landlord doesn't approve of the electrician or electrical company you have hired to repair the wiring.

If after all of this your landlord still doesn't repair the faulty wiring in your apartment or house, get the local housing authority or building department involved.

Step 4. Bring in The Authorities

Send your landlord one final letter stating that if you have not heard back from them in three to five days you will be filing a complaint with the local housing authority or building department.

If your problem hasn't been addressed within the reasonable time frame you outlined in the letter, then you need to follow through and file a complaint.

Keep in mind that whatever you send your landlord to save a copy for your records along with a documented timeline of events as they unfold in this matter.

There is a much faster and easier way to get your landlord to repair the faulty wiring in your rental!

How to Use DoNotPay for Sending Your Landlord a Demand Letter for Repairs

If your results have produced nothing from your landlord, it might be time to send a demand letter for your faulty electrical wiring!

DoNotPay is here to guide you through it and file your disputes on your behalf. Our Landlord Protection product can help you:

  1. Get back your security deposits
  2. Learn about your state's eviction laws and what protections apply in your case
  3. Resolve disputes regarding repairs with your landlord
  4. Resolve disputes with roommates by filing demand letters or going through small claims court
  5. Break your lease early

How to send your landlord a demand letter for repairs using DoNotPay:

If you want to send your landlord a demand letter for needed repairs but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 4 easy steps:

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.

  2. Select which issue applies to you.

  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.

  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

YOu have to ensure that the house or apartment you are living in is safe from faulty wiring. This is why DoNotPay is the best choice because we are:

  • Fast- You don’t have to spend too much time looking for remedy to your situation.
  • Easy- You only have to follow and fill up the fours steps to lodge a complaint against your landlord.
  • Successful- With the professional demand letter grounded on your rights, your landlord is sure to respond and make changes or else face the consequences.

DoNotPay is your one-stop all-inclusive information hub regarding landlord issues, but that's far from all you can learn by using DoNotPay!

Look at these other landlord related-issues you can successfully navigate by using DoNotPay!

Why not let DoNotPay handle the heavy lifting in between you and your landlord!

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