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Is a landlord responsible for making sure EVERY outlet

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Is a landlord responsible for making sure EVERY outlet works? All the ones in the house do but in the garage, only 1 of the 3 sets of outlets works. The other two keep requiring a push of a GFCI switch in the bathroom or reset at the breaker box (located in the Master Bedroom). Also can we serve a 2nd 7-day notice to move out based on tenant getting arrested, being rude to owner, telling owner not to text him again (when he has answered the phone with "who the f-(he said the actual word) is this" and repeatedly hung up on the owner? My sis is the out of state owner and I have tried to help her out here and have two voicemails from this tenant that were threatening enough in nature that we got the HUD rep, who got a City maintenance employee, to come with when going into unit after he was served the 1st 7-day notice for those same voicemails and allowing cig smoke to permeate unit. We would love to get him out of there. Thanks.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 2 months ago.

Is a landlord responsible for making sure EVERY outlet works?

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No, the landlord has to make sure that they provide a habitable dwelling, not a perfect one.

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Also can we serve a 2nd 7-day notice to move out based on tenant getting arrested, being rude to owner, telling owner not to text him again (when he has answered the phone with "who the f-(he said the actual word) is this" and repeatedly hung up on the owner?

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Probably not unless you can point to a specific clause in the lease that has been breached by these actions. Being a jerk isn't considered a lease violation.

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If you have something in your lease about criminal activity on the property, if the assault happened on the property, you might be able to use that to terminate though.

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thanks

Barrister

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