I have a "Renters Rights" question: In Feb a water pipe burst above my apartment and began to leak water down into the walls of my kitchen as well as the bedroom. I informed management that night and it took 2 days before a plummer came to stop the leak. My issue now is the water damage to the walls have affected the electrical socket in the bedroom as well as causing the paint to chip and fall all over the room floor making it a hazard for me and my family which includes a 19 month old child. Basically: we have been unable to sleep in the bedroom for the last 3 months. Also, the tub had an ongoing issue which made the tub and shower unusable for days at a time for the last 4 months as well. Its now May and I once again informed the management company who just now repaired the walls and tub but now I still have a mold issue in the bathroom. My question is: Do I have the right to withhold 3 months worth of rent because of these issues that were not taken care of back in Feb. Btw: I still paid rent for those three months and have always been on time and I'm current at this moment. I also have picture, email and text documentation to show these issues along with the dates. Please advise....thanks!
You have a number of safety nets under landlord/tenant law, especially in Chicago, However, before you consider withholding rent, you should speak in person with a landlord/tenant attorney who will be able to review your lease and discuss your facts in detail. This online forum is really not adequate for your needs.
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