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  • breaking a lease - apartment has plumbing, electric, hot water problems

    My roommates and I moved into an apartment last June, we signed a year long lease, but we want to break our lease and move in April. Our apartment has plumbing problems (dirty water from the second floor constantly leaks onto or bathroom ceiling, creating mold, stains, and collapsing some of our ceiling tiles), draft problems, electric problems, hot water/cold water problems etc. We have sent numerous letters to our landlord complaining about these problems and nothing has been done, 2 months ago we had a housing inspection and 6 violations were found, and nothing was fixed, we withheld rent for February and march and we were never contacted about anything. We just sent a letter to our landlord asking to be released from the lease, and now he wants to meet with us the "work something out", he claims that there is no court in the world that would allow us to break our lease. So, would we be able to legally break our lease?

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    re: breaking a lease - apartment has plumbing, electric, hot water problems

    It is permitted to break the lease (or sue for the decreased lease value in small claims) if they have failed to comply with the lease and/or there are health, noise or safety concerns--but save all information, evidence etc. in case they dispute the situation and try to take you to small claims court.

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