Landlords are generally required to provide essential services and access to utilities, like plumbing, hot water, electricity, and trash removal. If the apartment fails to have these essential functionalities (even if it’s the fault of the utility company), the landlord is in violation of their duties in most states and tenants are usually free to break the lease. Landlords are not typically required to maintain amenities.
Documenting the Problem
For nearly every issue, tenants should document their problem, notify their landlord (document this too!), and stay informed about their rights. Renterpeace is a free website that helps with each step of this process. Tenants can use RenterPeace for an easy way to track their problems, share with their roommates, keep their landlord notified, see laws for their state and locality, and chat with other tenants about taking action. RenterPeace also comes with a home management system to track chores, shopping, and finances. Visit RenterPeace to learn more.
Using Property Management Software
To stay updated and organized about the problems in their apartments, landlords should use a property management system. Many are expensive or have high setup fees, but landlords can use RenterPeace for free. It's complete with legal compliance tips targeted to their problems, maintenance tracking, tenant screening, money-saving grant information, and tenant chat. It makes managing properties easier and staying updated about status of rental properties a breeze. Learn more.