Don’t withhold rent for slow repairs

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Q: I am a renter and we have lived in the apartment for more than two years. At the end of March I informed the landlord that one of our kitchen drawers and the cabinet door below it were in need of repair. The landlord came by to take a look at the problem but did not take them away at that time. He came back a couple of weeks later and removed them. It wasn't until one month had passed that he found someone to repair them. This was in late April. It is now June and he has not returned the repaired items. I have asked him numerous times over the past two months about the status of the drawer and the cabinet door. Each time he said he would check with the fellow doing the work and get back to me. On more than one occasion he indicated the repair guy was slow. I most recently e-mailed him on May 15 to find out the status of the repair and getting the items back. He said he would again check with the fellow doing the repair and let me know. I have not heard anything, nor ha...