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The property is in Baltimore City.
...We also happen to be part of the Section 8 programme (for whatever that information may be worth to you).
So, no repair-and-deducting for me?
(It has already been almost 6 weeks, and I am pretty sure an inspector wouldn't be retroactive in their consideration of these events...)
Because, I really don't want to wait any longer than I have to, to get both bathrooms up to snuff...
I don't mean to drag this out.. ..but it so happens, the only reason I happen to know about that remedy at all is, one of my friends (who also lives in Baltimore City) has told me he's done this a few times (being sure to provide a copy of the invoice to his landlord in doing so), with success.
Granted, the proceedings might have been "informal" in nature, but the landlord never apparently retaliated.....
(I'll be having a little chat with my friend about the risk he's been taking, in that case.)
I appreciate your patience, socra.
I'm also pretty sure that, as we tenants who faithfully pay our landlord our portion of the rent every month, we should definitely be entitled to having our water for the sink and the shower at all times (especially if we tenants did nothing directly to disrupt our service); but the water pressure issue (which technically exists for both bathing facilities, but is certainly more pronounced for the upstair's one) and what I consider an inadequate hot water (during the winter months) may just be "personal problems" that our landlord wouldn't be on the hook for.
I hope that's not true...
So, my first step should be to contact a code enforcer/inspector (like, maybe, the ones who are making the landlord's maintenance personnel run around his other properties while neglecting ours?), and have them document the lack of water (which is a definite issue), and also determine if he or she can do anything about ameliorating the winter-time hot water supply and water pressure at the landlord's expense.
That much should be easy, if I am allowed to bring an inspector in, myself.
I won't be able to formally "repair and deduct," and I shouldn't attempt to bring someone in myself to expedite these fixes I desire; but a judge may decide to grant us some form of financial relief, in consideration of what the code inspector presents?
You've summarized things pretty well, in my opinion.
Hope this helps.