So I recently moved into a new apartment in Chicago, and already am having trouble with the landlord. Upon moving in I found out that the stove is severely old - the oven knob doesn’t even have temperatures labelled on it! One of the burners on the stove doesn’t work, and the oven itself seems to be broken (the pilot light works, but the fire doesn’t “catch” when I turn the gas on). The landlord claims the oven works if you leave it on long enough. :dubious:
Assuming that he is correct (which he probably isn’t) does he still have a responsibility to replace the thing? I mean, the fact that one of the burners doesn’t work seems to be grounds enough for a replacement (or at least a repair!) but when I asked him about it all he said was “Why do you think the rent is so cheap here?” Is that a plausible excuse? Not-quite-functioning stovetop for cheap rent?
I looked up the Municipal Code for the City of Chicago, and it says that
is something the tenant can ask the landlord to remedy. I haven’t been able to find the “requirements of the municipal code” regarding gas-fired appliances (that part of the code was apparently repealed in 2003 but they don’t have a copy of the Council Journals for that year online) but is it safe to assume that the municipal code would require the stove to at least WORK PROPERLY? :mad: Or is the landlord right about the fact that he can provide a not-working stove in exchange for cheap rent as long as the appliance is not hazardous?