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I rented a duplex, and it came with a refrigerator work. 2 weeks ago I went and blew the motor fridge, ruining all my food. I contacted the owner on that day, and two weeks later, I still do not have a refrigerator. I’m not asking him to replace the food, but I’m able to ask for a rent reduction? 2 weeks and counting is totally inappropriate. I eat or to order, and I can not save the leftovers. I am able to ask something in return? Btw the owner is my uncle, and because the family I think he’s waiting for me to lend more! uh!

5 Thoughts on I rent a duplex. 2 weeks ago broke my fridge, I still do not know what can be done?
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    alterfemego
    February 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Call the city and file a complaint

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    bigdog1412000
    February 16, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Yes you do have the rights to file a complain. If you haven’t already put this in writing to your landlord. Also circle in the least of this responsibility. If no action and you want to move this is reason enough for this. Also file a complain and if still no response hire a lawyer, I’m sure they will like the landlord money also. Not a big settlement but enough for your trouble.

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    argybargy
    February 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Simple! Call your auntie and mother and tell them you want to buy a new refrigerator but have no money. Tell them how much it will cost to buy and remove the old one. Tell them about the hardship you have and you’d love it if they would buy you a new machine. Give them the phone number for the store where you found the fridge. They can pay by credit card, and you can arrange delivery.

    Then, gossip about how forgetful your uncle is. They’ll get you the fridge AND have a laugh at your uncle’s expense.

    Forget all this stuff:
    Call your landlord and tell him you expect to have the unit repaired or replaced refrigerator by the end of the day, or you will take further action–whatever is necessary to fix the problem. Don’t elaborate further. Be sure to include “two weeks without a refrigerator is unacceptable.”

    If the machine isn’t working by 5 pm that day, call a repairman for a quote to fix the unit, and go online to find the cost of a similar unit.

    Call the landlord morning of day 2: “I have a quote for repair and a quote for replacement. It cost $ $ $ to repair. It will cost $ $ $ to replace. Have the unit working by 5 pm today or I will take appropriate action myself.” Do not tell the landlord what action you will take.

    Day 3, call a lawyer who specializes in tenant law (most represent landlords–be careful!). Pay him to for advice. You will learn that you should be compensated for loss of food by your renter’s insurance.

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    Tim
    February 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

    You’ll need to read the terms of your lease. Our lease states that the appliances are for the convienence of the tenant but the landlord is not responsible for the repairs. The tenant can purchase their own if they want, but no obligation to repair the existing appliances.

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    Landlord
    February 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

    You need to check your lease. If he listed the refrigerator as “personal property” that comes with the place he doesn’t have to do anything. I do this with anything I do not legally have to provide a renter, fridge, ceiling fans, window coverings, etc.

    If the fridge is included as part of the rental agreement, and not his personal property (as opposed to business property) he is under no further obligation to you. He does not even have to haul it off if he does not want to.

    If you lease includes the fridge as an amenity he has to fix it and you can negotiate but the law only states he has to fix it in a reasonable time, which unfortunately is subjective.

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