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Our apartment landlord refuses to fix a hot tub on the roof broken for 6 months. What can we do?

It's a community hot tub on the roof for all the renters in the building. Was functional for 10 years, but has been broken for 6 months. What rights do we have? Can we force landlord to fix it?
  • June 07 2013 - Los Angeles
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Understand your frustration, but the law may not consider the hot tub to be a high priority right out of the gate as opposed to a livability issue like a broken toilet. However, if the hot tub was included as an amenity in your complex open to residents in your lease or in the list of community features, you might be able to do something to get it fixed.

I would write a registered letter to the landlord/owner and see how many residents you can get to sign it. Outline the problem, how long it has been persisting and what steps the community has taken to address it or notify the landlord. Tell them that use of the hot tub is one of the things that prompted you to rent your units and ask that it be repaired.

Be polite, ask for the repair in a reasonable time like 30 days and tell the landlord that you would appreciate them making the repair. If they ignore you, then you can decide if it is worth pursuing further either with a follow up letter or in small claims for a small amount for each month that the hot tub stays unrepaired. 
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