You've found a home you adore. Hopefully you've read the lease from top to bottom, noticed that the landlord has promised to make all needed repairs, and signed on the dotted line. Perhaps you "skimmed" the lease more than read it, and aren't quite sure if the landlord promised to make repairs or not. You're not too worried about it until rats invade the kitchen or the basement begins to leak.
One way to avoid the problem in the first place is to thoroughly read the lease before signing it. If it's not to your liking, add anything that's important to you. It's as simple as making an addition to the bottom of the contract stating that the landlord is responsible for all repairs to his property. You are already paying his mortgage, allowing him to build equity in the property. There's no reason to make improvements to the home as well. Make sure that the landlord signs each change you have added.
If, however, you find yourself living in a rental property that the landlord claims to have no responsibility for repairing, there are a number of things you can do:
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