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Every tenancy carries with it the implied warranty of habitability and the right to quiet enjoyment of the premises in exchange for the rent.
If the landlord is refusing to make necessary repairs and it is interfering with the use and habitability of the leased premises then you can sue for breach. In the course of the suit you may be able to leverage an early termination with the return of all deposits.
A riskier way is to move out now and declare the lease terminated due to "constructive eviction". In other words, the action or inaction of the landlord has made the premises unhabitable and you are forced to move out.
You still have to sue and the risk is that the court finds the premises WAS habitable and you end up being liable for breach.
Make sure you have a written record of the damages and your request for repairs.
Then you can sue for breach of the landlord's warranty of habitability. The landlord can not evict you for that because it would create exposure to liability for retaliatory eviction.
Yes, you are right in feeling frustrated that you may have to resort to litigation to enforce your rights.
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