My family just moved into a house January 1st. It is a very nice house, but of course things do break. Since we moved in the garage door springs broke, and our heat went out. then the same day our heat went out our dishwasher stopped working. I know a maintenance technician who came over and he told us that the panel is shot, and would be cheaper to replace then to repair.
I notified our landlord, and he complained stating that the people who lived there before didn't give him any problems, and that from now on we're responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the house. He also mentioned that it's a house NOT an apartment (Like that matters, it's still a rental property)
I of course also know that there is no logic behind the statement of there not being any problems before....there's problems NOW!
1. We Do have a lease in which the dishwasher is included in the inventory.
2. The lease indicates that we are repsonsible for replacing light bulbs, unclogging drains, etc. but nothing indicating we are fully responsible for EVERYTHING. the lease even uses the legal phrases of "Except as prohibited by law" in the maintenance section. So I'm aware that heating, plumbing and electrical are SUPPOSSED to be covered by him.
3. He refuses to respond to my emails now too.
Here's the thing I'm worried about... he did a 6 month lease to see how things go, and I know in the state of Wisconsin you can non-renew someone for any reason (as long as it's not based on retalitory or discrimination). I actually work in the property management field, but where my dilema is.... How should I approach this? I'm basically looking for some advice as to what I should say or do with my landlord. We do not want to move when our lease is up, so I don't want to tick him off, but I also need to make sure we are not being taken advantage of here. Just wondering if anyone else has ever run into this situation and can lead me in the right direction.