What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
After many letters and attempts to get my landlord to fix my furnace,
I sent my landlord a certified letter requesting rent abetment for the last year and gave him 30 days to respond. From December of 07 to February 09 my furnace was leaking gas and red tagged by the gas co as dangerous possible loss of life. He was given 4 orders to repair by socal gas. We had no heat all winter and where sick from the gas leak..
In June he (landlord) finally hired a company to install a new furnace ( he was trying to sell the building). He did not get a mechanical permit or inspection on the new furnace from building and safety as required by our city . From June 08 to November 08 the new furnace also leaked and was red tagged again by the gas company as dangerous possible loss of life if used. I wrote him in Jan of 09 requesting rent abatement and to ask that he get the proper permit and inspection from building and safety. He got the permit on February 2 , 2009 but has ignored my request for rent abatement.
What are my rights as a tenant for rent retroactive abatement for no heat ,dangerous condition and exposing my family to chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer & birth defects? How do I enforce rent abatement? Is there a request thru the courts? I have copies of all requests to him and the red tags from the gas company.