STEP 1: Ask your landlord to make repairs.
If you ask in person, make sure there is a witness with you.
If you ask in writing, keep a copy of your letter.
If your landlord does not make repairs when you ask, go to Step 2.
STEP 2: Get someone to inspect your apartment.
You cannot start a court case without an inspection.
- Call the Code Enforcement office in your town to file a complaint. Call 2-1-1 or go to http://www.211ct.org to get the phone number.
When the inspector comes to your apartment,
- show the inspector everything that needs to be fixed, and
- write down the inspector's name.
STEP 3: Start a lawsuit in court.
You can start your lawsuit if your landlord doesn’t fix the problems within 21 days after you filed the official complaint. The court can order the landlord to make the repairs. You might also get some of your rent money back.