Landlord responsibilities

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    Landlord responsibilities

    I am aware that there are certain responsibilities when renting a place to live that the tenant must take care of, as well as some that the landlord would need to see to. In our situation we are the tenants. The landlord has given us
    permission to make household repairs as they are needed, and with a receipt the expense will be deducted from our rent. My question is what repairs are considered to much for us to be responsible for? The place that we are renting is
    located one half of a mile off of the road and in desperate need of rock. The driveway itself is turning into a muddy mess when it rains with huge pot holes. It would cost more money than we are able to spare at one time to have it done
    ourselves. Is it the landlord's responsibility to have the driveway redone or would this be considered something we just have to deal with since it does not pertain to the house itself?


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    You should discuss this issue with your landlord to see if he is willing to repair it.
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    The landlord is responsible for making the dwelling habitable. If your driveway (or lack of it) makes it difficult for you to access your home, then yes, the landlord is responsible. If it's just "ugly" then he is not.
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    Also take a look at your lease, there should be provisions dealing with landlord's responsibilities to maintain the premises. But I agree, talk to the landlord to see what he/she is willing to take care of

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    Leases do not specify everything. Most landlords use generic leases. There are many provisions that are implied that would not normally be listed in the lease. There may not be a stairs clause in your lease, but if your stairs are crumbling, and you have issues entering your dwelling, then the landlord is absolutely responsible. Again, do your due diligence and document everything. The next time it rains, take out your camera phone, and videotape your car trying to get through the muddy driveway. When you have enough "evidence," confront the landlord. If he refuses, tell him that you will seek legal representation and will pursue this matter fully.

    On a side note, under NO circumstances do you stop paying rent.
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