Thank you for the additional information.
The plumbing situation you have described most certainly would violate your local building codes. Your options are to demand the landlord fix the plumbing problems. Also you can report the violations to local housing authority, in addition to ordering the owner to make repairs there is the possibility that they would revoke the occupancy certificate during the meantime. This would essentially mean that owner would not be able to lease or allow anyone to occupy the premises until repairs had been completed and the unit passed inspection.
You can also sue the owner for fraud and request the court to award the money you paid the owner along with punitive damages
. You would alleged that owner while aware of the problems with the building represented to you the residence was in good working order and that there were no problems. Relying on the owners misrepresentations you entered into the lease agreement and paid him the money. After doing so you discovered the fraud.
You should take photographs of the problems so you can use them as evidence if you decide to pursue a legal action to recover the money.
If you decide to walk away from lease, you will want to have the photographs to show the problems along with any evidence showing that the owner refused to repair the problems.
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