Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/Breaking Lease Agreement



I have recently moved into an apartment building where I have been receiving electrical shocks/jolts while living there.  I'm not really sure where they're coming from.

Initially, I thought that I had something going on internally (with my own body), but I went to the doctor and everything is fine.

I told the manager and she said she would look into it, but there is still no change.  These volts make my leg numb and causes dizziness.

At this time, I'm concerned about my health.  What can I do to break my lease so that I can move to a more peaceful environment?"

Hi Tonya,

You need to check local state law. You did not specify which state you reside in. In most states, you can request the landlord to fix any electrical problems and if they don't, then you can fix the problem yourself and deduct from the rent. You might also be able to terminate your lease. It's very important that you check local state law before proceeding. I'd recommend contacting a local attorney for help.

Thanks for your question.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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