I have lived in my apartment for 2.5 months -- in that time, I have contacted the manager 2x about the extremely low hot water pressure, and twice been informed by their plumber who made band-aid fixes that it was just the building, and there's nothing more he can do.
A week ago, I turned on my hot water to shower at 7am for work, and the pressure was so low only half the spouts came out. I took video, sent the link and what was wrong to the manager, and never heard back. This morning (one week later), the same thing happened. I took more video, notified the manager and he said they are looking into it and I have to be patient.
If they cannot fix it to run consistently, do I have grounds to break my lease?
When you rent or lease a property, you are entering into a contract with the landlord for a habitable premises. If the premises is failing to live up to habitability or code standards, a tenant does have the right to terminate the rental agreement IF THEY FOLLOW CERTAIN PROCEDURES. I cannot make that clear enough, the tenant must follow the procedures set forth in RCW 59.18.090, 59.18.100, 59.18.110.
If you are of limited income, the King County Bar Association runs a clinic called the Housing Justice Project at the Seattle and Kent courthouses Monday through Friday from 8-10:30. Stop in and see them and they can possibly provide you guidance in this matter.
This answer is for informational purposes only and should not be construed to establish an attorney client relationship. Before taking any legal action, it is always advisable to discuss your specific situation with an attorney.
Under the Washington Residential Landlort Tenant Act, the landlord has to keep things up to code. You have to notify him IN WRITING of any problems. Under the WRLTA, plumbing problems must be fixed within 24 hours if it deprives you of hot or cold water, and within 72 hours if it deprives you of a major plumbing fixture. It sounds from this that you're not deprived, just majorly inconvenienced by lesser quality. All other fixes are given 10 days. I recommend you look over Chapter 59.18 of the Revised Code of Washington, and then contact the Housing Justice Project or an attorney regarding your remedies under the act.
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