My 19 year old son is about to sign a lease but noticed that the front door is broken and asked landlord to fix it, is he legally responsible to fix it?

The landlord has refused to repair the door.

Asked on June 1, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Kansas


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It is the landlord's responsiblity to repair the broken door.  If your son is having problems with the landlord refusing to make repairs before the lease is even signed, it would be advisable for your son to rent a different place because there will be future problems with this landlord.

If the broken door cannot be locked or otherwise endangers your son's safety, the landlord's failure to repair the door may constitute a breach of the implied warranty of habitability.  In every lease there is an implied warranty of habitability which requires the landlord to maintain the premises in a habitable condition by complying with local and state housing codes.

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