Actually you can deduct rent whenever your apartment/unit is not habitable. Not habitable includes not having running water, not having hot water, not having heat, exposed wiring or plumbing, non-working windows or exterior doors, major repair or renovations (i.e. You are not required to live through major repairs and renovations), etc. Your landlord could have probably prevented your heater from catching fire if he properly maintained the heater and did annual check-ups. That means you can deduct the daily value of your rent, plus and additional costs, such as eating out because you can't prepare food in your unit, etc. Also the landlord is responsible for putting you up in a hotel when your apartment is not habitable. Each state varies, but habitability conditions are listed in statute. Also it is illegal for your landlord to retaliate against you because you peacefully asserted your rights and your landlord could have to pay monetary damages if it is found that he retaliated against you (at least in California).
Can We Deduct Some Of Our Rent Payment If We Did Not Have A Working Heater For 10 Days During A Storm? I Live In California
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No you can't deduct any amount from the actual rent. The heater is already placed for repair. You have to be patient in the situation. There is no law which gives you the freedom to do this in California.
Probably not. Most state laws say that if it is not the fault of the landlord, then it can't be deducted. Like an act of whatever supreme being you believe in.
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