Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
Ok so my sister lives in a rented apartment. Their kitchen sink and bathroom sink don't drain. The kitchen sink is barely usuable. After they finally got in touch with the landlord he told them they have to pay for their own plumber because usually the sink and toilets clogging is the tenants fault. I don't know much about the landlord situation as I have never had one. But I thought they were responsible for fixing things like that.
This is what I had to do in college: We had a townhouse that didn't have heat on the second floor, and had gone to the landlord many times about the same issue. My roommate and I called the city and asked what we had to do to complain about him. What ended up happening is that we had to pay into an escrow account every month when the rent was due, the city in turn sent out a building inspector to take a look at the problems that we were having. They wrote up a work order for our landlord and wouldn't give him our rent unless he made the changes. The landlord couldn't evict us because we were paying our rent into the escrow account. Now, the landlord HATED us for doing this to him, because it gave him some sort of "black mark", but I had heat in my apartment.
The moral of the story, have your sister check with the city about setting this kind of thing up, and have her tell the landlord that that is what she is doing. I can almost guarantee that she'll have a plumber over sometime next week.