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I am very sorry for your situation. In PA like many other states, the landlord has a warranty of habitability
that they have to provide to the tenant. In PA, that warranty is implied and recognized via case law in cases like Pugh v. Holmes
. The landlord in PA is supposed to provide the following:
Heat (in cold weather)
Working sewer system
Safe, working electrical system
Working smoke detector
A lock for your door
A home not filled with an infestation
Safe, sanitary condition of the home structure and outside areaam I within my legal rights to ask them to DO SOMETHING about the basement and the dryer vent. The dryer is actually RUSTING inside from this issue.
You may have recourse about the basement, if this is part of your lease
. If so, then it is not a safe, sanitary part of the structure, and you can demand that they fix it up. The dryer is subjective. PA's warranty of habitability is more subjective than most other states, and it really is on a case by case basis.
Someone in your situation may wish to write them a CERTIFIED letter stating these two issues, and give them a reasonable amount of time to fix them. If they do not, you have the ability to possibly break lease if the issue is particularly bad, or withhold rent and apply it to a serious issue (such as the basement).
Let me know if you need a sample of such a letter.
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