We rented a 3/2 house in Houston only to find out once we moved in that we can't use one of the bathrooms because it is broken. We sent a cert. letter about repairs and our landlord told us NOT to call because she doesn't speak English. She told us she could not afford to make repairs and she might when her income tax comes in. We also have plumbing issues and currently can not use out shower or toilets because they back up and flood the house. We are using the neighbors house to bathe and use the restroom and have sewage on our floors. I called and messaged our landlord about it being an emergency and she said she could afford to fix it. Doesn't this make the house uninhabitable and she is breaking the lease. How do we legally break our lease, so we get a lawyer or go to court?
Defective housing is a building that has health or safety issues, often related to its design or materials used in construction, that make it risky to live in.
by attorney Graeme L Abraham
Landlord-tenant law is governed mostly by state laws, and covers issues like security deposit limits and deadlines, evictions, and the right to withhold rent.