What to do if a landlord claims they don’t need to produce a written inspection stating home is habitable?

Said they just “tell us”. Is that true?

Asked on September 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Maryland


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord refuses to provide you with documentation stating that the rentla is habitable despite requests for you for such information, your recourse is as follows:

1. write the landlord a note requesting such information by a certain date and if not received, you will contact the local health and building permit and inspection departments for an inspection of the unit. Keep a copy of the letter for future use and need.

2. if the due date comes and goes, then contact a representative for each of the two above departments and request an inspection. If the unit is not habitable, it will be red tagged.

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