1. Tell your landlord if there is a problem

If something in your unit or your building needs repair, make sure your landlord knows about it. Tell your landlord what is wrong and ask to have the problem fixed. Keep notes for yourself about when you talked to your landlord and what each of you said.

If your building has a property manager, you should tell both the property manager and the landlord.

It is sometimes helpful to take photos of the problem. Keep the photos in a safe place.

If your landlord does not fix the problem soon, send a letter, text, or email asking your landlord to do the repair. Make sure to keep a copy for yourself. Or, if your landlord has a special form for repair requests, fill one out and keep a copy.

It is safest to keep paying your rent while you are trying to get your landlord to deal with repair problems. If you do not pay all your rent for any reason, your landlord can try to have you evicted.

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