From the Forum: When Your Rental Isn’t Up to Code

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    Their rental in a two-family home has constant problems and some readers are wondering how they might be able to get out of the lease. They paid a broker’s fee for the gut-renovated apartment but have discovered that no permits were closed out and there’s no certificate of occupancy. They are concerned that work was not done to code. What steps should they take to document the issues and break the lease without penalty?

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