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What can a renter do when Landlord will not fix furnace in

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What can a renter do when Landlord will not fix furnace in house that is occupied by a family with 2 small children
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Roger replied 1 year ago.

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In Iowa, a tenant can either take the landlord to small claims court and ask a court to order the landlord to make the repairs OR the tenant can withhold rent and use the withheld money to make the repairs to the property. Here's a good link you can read:

Expert:  Roger replied 1 year ago.

Before withholding rent, the tenant must give the landlord a written notice and demand the repairs and tell the landlord that if the repairs aren't made that you'll withhold rent.