Uncategorized November 6, 2012

Maintenance Timelines

That state law specifies how soon repairs must be started in a rental?  The landlord must “commence remedial action” as soon as possible after receiving written notice of a problem; this shall be no later than the following:

1.      24 hours to restore heat, hot or cold water, electricity, or to fix a very hazardous condition.

2.      72 hours repair a refrigerator, range or oven, or major plumbing fixture supplied by the landlord.

3.      10 days in all other cases.

If the landlord cannot meet these timelines because of circumstances beyond his or her control, the repairs must still be completed as soon as possible.  If the landlord cannot make repairs within the timelines the tenant may be due a pro-rated refund of rent, or in some instances, may have the right to terminate the lease.