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What can you do if your landlord refuses to fix a serious leak in the roof that has already caused significant property damage?

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You can also legally refuse to pay rent until the problem is fixed. The landlord has to maintain a habitible structure, and it sounds like yours is not. Withholding rent is often a very effective way to get a problem dealt with. You should also call you local Code Enforcement office. The can fine your landlord or declare the structure unsound, letting you off the hook for any rent or damages. If the landlord fails to comply with code enforcement, he can face legal penalties. Or you can go to DHEC humane service and report it.

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