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It's actually more of a Landlord Tenant dispute, 24 month

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It's actually more of a Landlord Tenant dispute
JA: Does this involve a written or oral agreement? Is it a month-to-month lease or fixed term?
Customer: 24 month lease. Signed 10/2015 so out lease is ending soon.
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: Denver Colorado
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: That our landlord fails to make necessary repairs.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. What specific questions did you have for me?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I'm having a dispute with my landlord. He fails to make repairs our electrical is shotty resulting in an electrical fire. Our Air Conditioning hasn't worked since we moved in. We'v had multiple leaks and mold has been present. We've with held rent in an effort to force him to make repairs but he refuses. He posted a pay or take possession notice on our door. What can I do?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We've documented our attempts to get him to fix things. We have HVAC and plumbing people witness the issues mentioned.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I really can't afford 59 dollars for a phone call if you can't help me just let me know. I'll look for help elsewhere.
Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

Hi, wait just one moment...

Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

The phone call requests are automatic. You're not obligated to take one. I'm preparing a response as we speak.

Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

Okay thank you for posting that. I'm very sorry to hear about this situation. It seems as if obviously you have an issue of a violation of the implied warranty of habitability. All residential leases and rental agreements contain an implied warranty of habitability. Under the "implied warranty of habitability," the landlord is legally responsible for repairing conditions that seriously affect the rental unit's habitability. That is, the landlord must repair substantial defects in the rental unit and substantial failures to comply with state and local building and health codes. However, the landlord is generally not responsible under the implied warranty of habitability for repairing damages that were caused by the tenant or the tenant's family, guests, or pets.

In your case, it appears as if the issues with the HVAC and plumbing or going to be a violation of that implied warranty. You’re already taking one of these steps in terms of withholding the rent which is generally allowed under the law. However, it appears as if your landlord is retaliating against you for withholding the red which is also illegal. The landlord is not willing to withdraw the eviction against you, you can file a complaint in a Colorado Court saying that they are retaliating against you against Colorado law. Keep in mind that the burden of proof would be on you in court to prove that the implied warranty of habitability was being violated in that these actions were retaliatory. Regardless, if it can’t be handled informally, this is your best course of action.

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