Sometimes when a landlord fixes an issue, it can be a temporary fix. The issue may come back and cause problems again. If the issue was fixed, and has come back within 6 months, you may be able to end your lease early and move out.
In order to take action, make sure you sent your landlord a first letter about the original issue sometime within the last 6 months. If you haven't sent a first letter to your landlord, you can use our free tool to send your first letter.
Landlords can require in the lease that renters communicate with them in a specific way. They may ask renters to use a website, online “portal”, email, or text message.
Once a landlord receives this second letter, they have 14 days to fix the refrigerator, stove, or oven. If the landlord fixes or replaces the appliance within 14 days, you can NOT end your lease early.
If your landlord does NOT fix the refrigerator, stove, or oven within 14 days, you can move out and end your lease. You must send a third letter to your landlord, letting them know the date you will be moving out. You can create this third letter with our free form.
You can move out on the day you told your landlord you planed to move out in your second letter. This day must be at least 14 days after sending this second letter.
Use our Next Step Guide to help figure out if your landlord is on track and what your next step is.
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