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How long does a landlord have to fix a hot water heater?

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How long does a landlord have to fix a hot water heater?
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I'm sorry to hear of the situation.

As hot water is considered essential to habitability of a rental, the landlord must make arrangements to quickly repair a broken water heater. 48 hours, not including weekends, would typically be the outside of a reasonable time to effectuate the repair. However, there is no black and white landlord tenant law stating this. However, this is the point at which you might have a good chance of moving out and claiming constructive eviction and not be obligated on the lease any further. Or, you may sue the landlord for damages associated with the loss of hot water. While the use of another apartment is a nice gesture, unless they are going to move you in there lock stock and barrel, it is a less than adequate remedy. Hot water is for much more than bathing.

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