We have been renting a single family home in New England since last July. When we moved in, the bath/shower in second bathroom had a horrible tile/caulking job around the faucet. The tub worked, the shower worked once or twice, but now the entire bath/shower is not working. The landlord is aware of the situation, has had plumbers give estimates, etc. Over the summer (mind you, we've already lived here a year) it was scheduled to be fixed, but the plumber walked off the job. So here we are, still without a functioning tub/shower.
A little background...this landlord only fixes things through insurance claims. The insurance companies, I think, know something is up. There is very little forward momentum. He is out here with an agent or an adjuster at least once a month. Our roof is now tarped. There is an outstanding claim bcs of paint bubbling on the garage doors. The gutters are clogged and broken (as they were when we moved in, and then worsened by a storm to the point of falling off the house)...we had planted some foundation shrubs, half of them have died.
The landlord's only income is the rent from this house (he has said) which makes me wonder what his ability is to fix ANYTHING. We are paying $1700 for a house with a tarp on the roof, and a tub/shower that doesn't work.
And this is small but irritates me. The last time he was here he had the nerve to comment that it would be nice if we pulled up some shrubs and do some weeding of the beds along the driveway. Mind you, when we moved in the beds were a disaster. We've done a lot of work in the yard, but every time I work in the yard I get COVERED in poison ivy. And for the record we've spent 100s on perennials and mulch. He also made a comment that "It would be really nice if you planted some grass seed. Well, the lawn was non existent when we moved in - too much shade, too many tree roots, no topsoil. We've already over seeded two times, but without much luck. DH have put a lot of time and money into these things bcs we don't want to live in a sh*thole, but to have the guy make suggestions that cost us time and money when he's not holding up his end of things is beyond irritating.
Didn't mean to go on and on. I guess I need to vent! Didn't realize I was so angry about it!
Anyway...Do I have any rights in a situation like this?? My mom says I should withhold some of the rent, but I'm not sure that's legal. DH is afraid we'll lose our security deposit if we tick the guy off. HELP!