Been renting from a place not on a lease but the rent was increased never signed any papers just received a notice. The management doesn't want to send anyone to come fix anything. Anytime try to contact them no answer or reply
You are not in a good position without a written lease. First thing to consider is whether you'd be better off moving or trying to work things out. If it seems best to stay, find someone to help you negotiate a lease. Get yourself a copy of the Hawaii Landlord Tenant Handbook, which is full of good information to protect both sides in a lease. A local real estate attorney, broker or property manager may also be good resources for guidance.
Please download and read the Landlord Tenant Handbook. It will answer most of your questions. There are specific requirements for both the landlord and the tenant to follow when requesting repairs. Requests for repairs must be in writing and you will want to document that the request was delivered to the landlord. Certified mail, return receipt will get the landlord's' attention. Keep a copy for yourself. Make sure to put the certified mail number on the letter itself, so you may need to pick up the number at the post office before you finalize making copies. There are time frames to be followed, which should also be carefully documented. Depending on the severity of the repair needed the time frames differ. Take pictures of repairs needed to document the necessity of repair as well. Follow up with the repair was not adequate. Make sure your conduct is not the cause of the need to repair.
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