of Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut, published by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Superior Court, pretty interesting.
The landlord must:
- provide a clean apartment when the tenant moves in;
- clean common areas (hallways, stairs, yards, entryways);
- keep hallways and entryways lighted well; and,
- keep plumbing and heating systems working (both hot and cold running water).
local housing, health and fire codes:
- correctly repaired and safe stairways, porches, floors, ceilings and walls;
- good locks on the doors to the apartment;
- safe fire exits from the building;
- two electrical outlets in each room;
- extermination service if the apartment is infested with pests or rodents; and
- a smoke detector that is in working order.
If problems arise with utilities supplied by the landlord,
the tenant should:
- First contact the landlord and then tell the land-lord the problem in writing and follow up with a call.
- If the utility is not restored, contact the local Health Department or Housing Code Office. They have the power to contact the landlord and inspect the apartment.
- Contact the local police department.
- Restore the utility and deduct the cost from the rent.
- After two (2) business days without a utility, get another place to live until the utility is restored.
As it turns out, my landlord doesn't only suck, but he's also been violating the rules outlined in this document! I know that some of these are subjective, but I don't think that anyone would deny that leaving cleaning materials, including disgusting dirty towels in the tub and bathroom cabinet are part of a clean apartment upon moving in, nor a refrigerator filled with dead fruit flies. I am so seething with anger that I can't even call him. I wish someone could take my bp right now.