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Tenant seeks payment for property repairs

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Question: We have been renting a home for many years on a month-to-month basis. Over the past few years we have had situations where repairs were needed that were either a safety or health risk to our family. Some of the repairs were approved and completed by our landlord, while many other requests for repairs were ignored. The repairs that were ignored by the landlord were completed by us. The landlord has been told about all the repairs prior to us making them. We were never reimbursed for these repairs nor did we deduct the cost from any of these repairs from our rent payments. There are still even more repairs that need to be made. We have made the landlord aware of these repairs and they are being ignored as the others were. We don't feel we should continue to spend our own money to have these repairs made. Are we correct? Tenants' attorney Kellman replies: Your landlord should be making all necessary repairs. If your landlord refuses to repair a condition or defect (especially ...