How Long Does a Landlord Have to Fix Hot Water?

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How Long Does a Landlord Have to Fix Hot Water?

Being without hot water is never ideal. A cold shower in the summer months may feel fine - great even - but it definitely won't work well during the cold months that arrive in the fall and winter. If you're wondering, " when it's broken?", allow DoNotPay to address this for you. We've got some advice on landlord dilemmas, roommate struggles, and worrisome evictions.

When it comes to the hot water situation, it all depends on who's responsible.

Is the Hot Water in My Rental Home or Apartment My Landlord's Responsibility?

Many rentals offer water free of charge. You don't have to pay for the utility, and it is therefore the responsibility of your landlord to handle it. This is common in an apartment setting, and at some rental homes. If your water is failing to run hot, you need to notify the landlord immediately so they can get the problem addressed.

Is There Ever a Time When the Hot Water Falls to My Responsibility?

When you live in a rental home where you pay for all utilities, including water, it will be up to you to get the hot water problem handled. However, it's important to take a careful look at your lease agreement and see if details related to this situation are included. It will often list what is your responsibility to handle and what is your landlord's.

How Much Time Do They Get?

Many landlords receive a full 30 days to handle any type of repairs within the home. However, having no hot water in the cold or with a child could give you a case for receiving assistance faster. In those instances, the landlord may be required to have the hot water fixed in just 24-48 hours.

Will a Demand Letter Help?

A demand letter is a great option in many cases. Whether you're trying to kick out a roommate, get a landlord to handle repairs, or address an eviction without notice, sending a courteous letter can help.

Make sure your letter includes:

  • Your name and date
  • The reason behind the letter
  • A cost estimate for having the water fixed, if you choose to handle it yourself
  • What you are hoping to achieve by sending the letter

Always remain as kind and courteous as possible, and be as accurate as you can in your details with the situation and how you expect it to be addressed going forward. You should let them know as nicely as possible that if the matter remains unresolved, you will have no chance to file a complaint against them.

If My Landlord Fails to Get Me Hot Water, Can I Sue?

In some cases, it's possible to sue your landlord when they fail to provide safe and adequate living. Rather than take it to court yourself, allow DoNotPay to assist you with the initial filing. It just requires a few steps to get started:

  1. Locate DoNotPay's 'Sue Now' product.
  2. Pinpoint the dollar amount you believe you're owed.
  3. Indicate whether you want us to file court forms or submit a demand letter.
  4. Detail your claims and why you feel you have a strong case.

Does No Hot Water Constitute Rent Withholding?

Having no hot water for days on end, or worse, longer, is definitely grounds for withholding your rent. It is within your renter's rights to have this essential service. Just be aware that you will have to pay up eventually. Your rent money should be saved in a separate account so you can pay it in full once your concerns have been addressed.

It is also important that you have a letter in writing indicating to your landlord the precise reason why you are not paying. Let them know you have the money saved and will pay it all once the hot water gets turned back on.

Can DoNotPay Handle My Landlord Problems for Me?

Absolutely! When you're stuck questioning, "," you're most likely in a stressed out state already. Let DoNotPay take one more worry off your shoulders and draft a compelling letter to your landlord that can help your case.

Just answer a few questions first and we'll get started:

  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.

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