What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? : NH
This letter that I am sending to the Code Inspector pretty much sums it up:
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to ask for an inspection of the apartment building in which we rent a unit. The property is located at 71 U. Street, and is owned by Mark W. M. We pay $1200/month for the apartment, as well as all utilities, with the exception of trash removal.
Our chief concern is that the building is infested with rodents. We first brought this issue up with Mark M in October of 2005. He reasoned that it was normal to have rodents when you live in a building with dirt floors. I explained that we have three children living in the apartment, one of whom is asthmatic, and that rodent infestation was unacceptable. He did not remedy the problem, nor did he attempt to.
We set out mouse traps and continue to catch mice, both in the basement and in our living space (kitchen and bathroom). I called Mark M again on January 14, 2006, asking him to address this problem. He again said it was "normal" to have rodents in a building with a dirt floor basement, but said that if we wanted to we could get a cat, as long as it was house-trained. We did consider this option, but do not feel that we can afford to adopt and financially support a cat, at this time.
We also do not believe that the apartment is able to be safely and adequately heated to 65 degrees F, although we have not found a way to independently verify this. We have had to supplement the oil heat with electric "space heaters" to maintain a comfortably heated environment. There is also a propane heater in the kitchen which we are unable to use, as we have young children in the house. We discussed that with Mark M, prior to signing the lease. He said it was not necessary to use the propane heater to maintain adequate heat in the apartment.
The ceiling in the kitchen is crumbling, and pieces have fallen onto our dining room table on several occasions. This is due to a leak in the bathroom of the apartment upstairs that occurred on 1/17/06 and flooded our kitchen with 1/4" of water.
There is an outlet in the living room that is not working. We discovered this after the outlet burned the plug of a space heater that was plugged into it. The outlet has ceased functioning entirely.
We also have concerns about mold growth. Our basement has flooded 5 times since moving into the apartment in August of 2005. The first time we called the landlord said to "wait it out" and that the water would recede within a couple of weeks. He did not provide a pump and we were forced to wait for the water to recede, as we could not afford one. In addition the recent flooding from the upstairs bathroom has not been addressed and we are concerned that mold will develop in the kitchen ceiling as well.
We no longer feel that this apartment is in "safe, clean, and tenantable condition" as stipulated in the lease. We do not wish to live here anymore, due to these issues and the failure on the part of the landlord to remedy these problems, and wish to rescind ourselves from the lease without fear of legal action by Mark M.
Do you think this is an okay letter? Do you think we can get out without being sued?