Frustrated and Stressed

By CollegeRenter

Hello, I wanted to know if I and other tenants in the same building had reason to file a complaint. If so, what my next steps should be.
 
The biggest issue is that there have been at least three known incidents of a stranger in the house (where we, all college students, rent rooms from her) and the landlady has only sent out an e-mail telling us to be more "vigilant" and closing doors and such. However, the bigger problem is that the landlady has made no indication as to improving home security on her end. Such as fixing the security gate on the side of the house or possibly updating the locks. We are not trying to be unreasonable, we just want to feel safer in our home.  
 
Also the stove’s exhaust fan doesn’t work and there is a sizable amount of grease buildup. It is honestly a safety hazard and the landlady didn’t note it down in her inspection of the property. She marked it as still being acceptable.  
 
There is also a problem with the heat in the house in some of the rooms. The heater seems to work in the front entrance but not in my room at all, and my roommate and I are always freezing at night.  
 
There also seems to be a problem with the plumbing and the hot water.  
 
Finally, there are extension cords inside and outside the house that are safety hazards to the house and the tenants in the house.  (These aren’t even all the issues, but I feel they are the most pressing right now)
 
I’m just not sure what to do in order to get this all fixed. The landlady continuously says that she has an exemplary record of no complaints, but the reality is that she doesn’t really do things in a timely manner (or at all) which make it difficult to report such things to her.   
 
I have the inspection report she did, which she asked each tenant to sign as a way to show our agreement with her assessment. However, I did not agree with her inspection and have not signed it. There are many things that need to be done in order to create a habitable and safe space for the tenants.

Edited on: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 5:18 am

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Hello, I wanted to know if I and other tenants in the same building had reason to file a complaint. If so, what my next steps should be.
 
The biggest issue is that there have been at least three known incidents of a stranger in the house (where we, all college students, rent rooms from her) and the landlady has only sent out an e-mail telling us to be more "vigilant" and closing doors and such. However, the bigger problem is that the landlady has made no indication as to improving home security on her end. Such as fixing the security gate on the side of the house or possibly updating the locks. We are not trying to be unreasonable, we just want to feel safer in our home.  
 
Also the stove’s exhaust fan doesn’t work and there is a sizable amount of grease buildup. It is honestly a safety hazard and the landlady didn’t note it down in her inspection of the property. She marked it as still being acceptable.  
 
There is also a problem with the heat in the house in some of the rooms. The heater seems to work in the front entrance but not in my room at all, and my roommate and I are always freezing at night.  
 
There also seems to be a problem with the plumbing and the hot water.  
 
Finally, there are extension cords inside and outside the house that are safety hazards to the house and the tenants in the house.  (These aren’t even all the issues, but I feel they are the most pressing right now)
 
I’m just not sure what to do in order to get this all fixed. The landlady continuously says that she has an exemplary record of no complaints, but the reality is that she doesn’t really do things in a timely manner (or at all) which make it difficult to report such things to her.   
 
I have the inspection report she did, which she asked each tenant to sign as a way to show our agreement with her assessment. However, I did not agree with her inspection and have not signed it. There are many things that need to be done in order to create a habitable and safe space for the tenants.

Edited on: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 5:17 am

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