You need to send your landlord a written notice of your intent to withhold rent. The notice needs to describe in detail the repairs the landlord needs to make to render the unit habitable. You should give the landlord a reasonable period of time in which to complete repairs, but certainly not more than 30 days. If the repairs cannot be made within that time, then you should be able to legally break the lease. You will probably need the assistance of a lawyer at some point in time, but I would recommend that you also file suit to recover some or all of the $2400 you are referring to. #LandlordTenant #CuevaLaw
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Well, you have a potential landlord/tenant action under the agreement and Chap. 83 of the Florida Statutes. However, while an inspector hired by you is helpful, he is not the determining factor in the "habitability" of the home. You should call code enforcement to see if they either placard the property, where you cant move in, or force the landlord to fix the defects. If they fix the issues, yo may have a hard time getting out of the lease, as you did very little to protect yourselves renting the property without seeing it in advance.