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Good morning. Do you know why they failed to fix or remedy these violations?
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You are correct. The landlord can not retaliate against you for making requests for repairs, which they are obligated to do and then being upset and bothered, by you going to the inspector and filing a complaint about violations. This has to do with health, safety and habitability, so the landlord has a legal obligation to fix these things. If they fail to do so, they would be in breach and you could have a legal right to break the lease and vacate. Now, if they try and evict you and there is no violation of the lease and this is retaliation, then you have a defense. The issue is once the lease expires, the landlord does not have to renew the lease if they do not want to, so they good make up another reason to ask you to leave, even though it may be because of the history. If you can show she is retaliating, then you could sue for damages.
The recourse would be to file a civil suit against them for damages if you can show they are retaliating against you for the complaints. You could recover monetary damages but can not force them to lease the rental to you.