What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? GA
I rented a house exactly one month ago, and it's been a disaster of unmitigated proportions.
I got the refrigerator issue resolved (the lease summary noted one was to be included, so he finally brought me one), however, the gas stove is malfunctioning and the dishwasher flooded the kitchen. He agreed on Tuesday to have the dishwasher fixed but I haven't heard from him since on the matter.
Today I woke up and the water was off to the house. I called the water company to see what was going on, and they informed me the water was disconnected because of $800 in past due water bills. $600 belonged to the prior tenant, and $200 to the landlord.
They have a copy of my lease, so they know I'm not responsible for the charges - but they cannot turn the water on until the landlord pays the $200 he owes. Once he pays that, it will STILL take approximately 5 business days to reconnect the water to the house.
I sent him an email through ReadNotify, and it says he's read it - but he has not responded. I have attempted to call him but have not received a response either.
Legally, what can I do here? I would like to wash my hands of this place with the minimum of financial blowback to me, but will pay pretty much anything at this point to break the lease and find somewhere else to live. How much leverage does the "no water/sanitary facilities" situation give me in terms of terminating the lease with as few penalties as possible?
Thanks in advance, Seniors!