Prioritize rental repair requests

How to handle landlord who ignores roof leak, broken heater
Published on May 5, 2011

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Q: What are the landlord's responsibilities as far as repairs? I have had a broken dishwasher, and my heater has not worked for the last month. I contacted my landlord and complained about these problems more than a month ago. Then three days ago I came home from work and discovered I have a leaking ceiling.

I have tried to catch the water in a small plastic trash can, but I can't stay home from work to empty the container so quite a bit of water got into the carpet and padding. Based on the smell, I seem to have mildew because it was not taken care of properly. I really like my landlord and I don't want to be a whiny tenant, but how long am I expected to wait for my landlord to make repairs?

A: Of course, in an ideal world, the landlord w