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My Appliances Don't Work

I rented an apartment for $1,300 monthly starting today, September 1, and I started moving in yesterday. I loaded up the frig and noticed it was warm so I cranked it up all the way and it didn't do any good. I also found out the microwave glass is cracked so I'm not real cool with using that. I called my landlord last night and he said that they worked when he rented it to me and it's up to me to keep them fixed. I looked at my lease and it doesn't say anything in particular, just that I'm responsible for keeping it in good condition.

I don't want to pay and get it fixed and then be out that money, but I need to do something about the frig for sure right away. Can I just deduct the cost from next month's rent? And I think it would be cheaper just to buy a new microwave because this one's so old and it will be a hassle to get the glass fixed.

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Tracey Rosenblatt - TGR Group, Inc
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Yes, the microwave is considered an appliance. If you just moved in i suggest you photograph everything with the date on it ASAP and have someone impartial be a witness to the fridge and microwave. Contact the landlord or property manager ASAP about the repair and or replacement ASAP at no expense to you, this is not your responsibility, and i definately do not recommend doing this yourself and deducting it from your rent without WRITTEN permission from the landlord or property manager that you can do this. If you take this upon yourself you will open up a hornets nest for yourself legally and your credit could suffer for it too. And i have to say i am surprised you are paying $1,300 per month for an apartment? I live in Palm Bay but my office is in Satellite Beach, i serve the whole of Brevard County and know the market. This has surprised me to say the least. Anyway, i hope this helps and if you need any more help just call me on 321-626-5503.

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Tracey Rosenblatt - TGR Group, Inc
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Oh, and don't give the photo's or documented impartial witness information to anyone but a lawyer or Judge should you ever need it in the future. If you move out when the lease has expired, take photo's again to prove you have left the apartment in good enough condition that your full deposit should be returned. Insist on a walk through on the last day with the landlord or property manager and have your deposit returned to you right there and then. And keep in mind the landlord cannot deduct anything from you for normal wear and tear, that is part and parcel of being a landlord. If you paid a pet deposit that is Non-refundable because a good landlord would use that to clean the dander etc ready for the next tenant who could be allergic to animals.

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What does it say in your lease? Usually property managers are responsible for appliances and their repairs. Definitely the refrigerator, I'm not sure if the microwave is always considered an appliance, but I'm pretty sure it usually is.

I'd inform the property manager in writing of your disagreement that you should be the one who has to fix a refrigerator when you just moved in. I would surely not pay for that.

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