What happens if your landlord doesn't meet the deadline?
If your landlord cannot meet the repair deadline, s/he can get a deadline extension extending the required 3- or 12- day period to begin repairs IF s/he:
gives you a good reason why the repair did not begin, AND
s/he sets a reasonable start date.
However, this may not apply to emergency repairs.
If your landlord does not obtain a deadline extension OR does not begin the repairs within the required 3- or 12- day period, you can arrange for the repairs to be done and deduct the costs, up to $500, from your next rent payment.
Immediately arrange for the repairs. After the 3- or 12- day period, you can have the repairs done.
Submit all the receipts for your costs to your landlord. Deduct the repair amount from your rent. The maximum for one month is $500. You must have receipts for all costs that you deduct from your rent.