Landlords have to provide hot water in most states. A supply of clean, running, heated water is almost a universal requirement for habitable rental property.
Consequences for Failure To Provide Hot Water
Landlord failure to provide required hot water is one of the most serious types of housing violation. State laws vary widely, but if a landlord doesn’t provide hot water after proper notice from the tenant, a tenant can often:
- Injunction to force compliance
- Stop rent payments
- Sue the landlord for costs of the violation (monetary damages)
- Report the landlord to housing authorities
- End the lease and moving out (for major violations)