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Putting on security bars- whose responsibility (mine or the landlords)?

Hello, I just moved into a new basement apartmenmt in Columbia Heights. W hen I was signing the lease, the landlord listed a bunch of things he still had to do (hang up the shower curtain, put a door on the washer/dryer area, and put up security bars on the front window). After signing it and moving in, he did follow through with most of everything he said he would do... except put on security bars.

Every house on my street has these bars, so mine really stands out. Before, he was trying to sell it as a condo so nobody had been living there. Now, when I asked him again to install them, he first said that I would have to pay for htem (like $800) and then agreed that we could "split the cost."

I feel like since he told me he would do it, it's definitely standard for the area, and he will get to keep them long after I am out of there, that he should pay for them. Additionally, I (a young female) would never have moved into the apartment if he hadn't promised and assured me that he would put those bars up.

What do I do? Do I have to split the cost with him?
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If the landlord put in writing that the bars would be installed as a condition of your moving in, then the landlord is responsible for paying for their installation.

I do not know the laws in your jurisdiction, but your landlord could be in breach of lease and you may have grounds to terminate. I doubt this is a rent escow case, but again, you should check with your local laws.

It might be enough to tell your landlord that you will move out if they do not install the bars and state that they are in breach of lease.

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Grrr- I checked my lease and he didn't spell out in it htat he would install those security bars. He seemed just so nice and accommodating for everything else. This will serve as a lesson for me: ALWAYS GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!! I'm so mad at myself

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