Ask a landlord-tenant lawyer and get answers ASAP
I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Replacing a dead battery is not considered routine maintenance. You wouldn't be responsible for replacing it unless you did something that caused it to die, and it doesn't sound like that's the case at all. The landlord is in breach of the lease. You have the ability to sue in Small Claims Court to get the $76, plus reimbursement of your filing fees. Note that this is NOT the type of breach that would allow a tenant to withhold rent, because the lawn mower battery doesn't provide a material risk to your health and safety. But you can require the landlord to reimburse you for the cost. A landlord cannot evict a tenant in retaliation for exercising his rights under the law.
If you have any questions or concerns about my response, please reply WITHOUT RATING. It's important that you are 100% satisfied with my courtesy and professionalism. Otherwise, please rate my service positively so I am paid for the time I spend answering questions. If you are on a mobile device, you may need to scroll to the right. There is no charge for follow-up questions. Thank you.
Did you have any other questions about this?