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Can you tell me what state you are in?
Do you know the source of the electrical problems or sewer problems?
Is it something that you did or was it pre-existing when you moved in?
Is there something in your written lease that states you are responsible for repairs under $100?
Have you contacted any city inspector about the problems?
Ok, in a situation like this, I would suggest contacting the local Housing Inspector or Code Enforcement office because these problems are definitely code violations that you aren't responsible for. The inspector can cite the owner for any violations and force him to make repairs or face daily fines after his deadline to fix. You shouldn't be charged anything if this is a problem that you didn't cause and was already there when you took possession.
But if there is a clause in the lease that states it is $100 for repairs, then it would be enforceable if you caused the damages and then called the landlord to come in and fix it. A tenant is presumed to have read, understood and agreed to all the terms in the written lease when they sign it.
However, if you didn't cause the damage or something simply wore out and needed to be replaced, I don't see a judge holding you responsible for that because the landlord is responsible for normal wear and tear.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...