Did you provide notice to the landlord in writing of your intent to withhold rent?
LL/T statutes are very specific as to the procedure you should follow. Please refer to Section 83, Florida Statues (Residential Tenancies).
You may withhold rent after providing notice to the LL and allowing them 7-days to cure the problem. Note: writing means a letter (not email).
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I agree with my colleague and add that you should review Florida Statute 83.51, which provides what obligations a landlord has to maintain the property, and F.S. 83.56, which provides the notice required by a tenant for a landlord's non-compliance with F.S. 83.51.
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You should pay the rent that is due, then write a letter giving the landlord 7 days after receipt of the letter to replace the water heater and the window screens or you will consider the contract terminated and move out. Send the letter to the landlord certified mail. You may also email it to him, but you should send the letter certified mail return receipt requested.
If the landlord doesn't replace the items, you can move out and sue the landlord for the return of your money.
You can't move out without going through this procedure or you will be in default of the rental agreement. Good luck!Ask a similar question