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reimbursed repair expense

Posted by Karen Sampson on November 04, 1999 at 17:00:28:

My husband and I rent a house in West Hills, which is located in the San
Fernando Valley in California. We originally signed a 1 year lease in July 1998.
When are lease came up this year, we defaulted to a month to month
agreement. We had an oral agreement with our landlord, at the time of move in,
that if there were any problems we could fix, we should go ahead and do so and
she would reimburse our costs. In the winter, 1999, our heater broke so I hired
a company to fix the heater. We were only reimbursed approx. 98% of our cost,
which, at the time, was better than nothing considering it cost us $285.00.
This time our faucet in the master bath was leaking quite badly. Since this is
something my husband can fix, he went ahead and did so, but paid $50.00 out
pocket to purchase parts. Our landlord was informed of the repair and refuses
to reimburse us. She has even sent out her repairman who advised her to
reimburse us for the parts as the job was well done. She still refuses to
reimburse us. Do we have the right to reduce our rent by the cost of the
parts? Please be aware that I understand I should inform the landlord in writing
of any necessary repairs that need to be made, but we thought we had a
friendlier more flexible relationship with our landlord. We most certainly
know now that we were wrong. Any advice would be appreciated.

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