Can Tenant Be Reimbursed Rent Money on Unit with Code Violation?

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Q: I informed my landlord in January 2012 that my HVAC unit was leaking and causing water damage that led to a severe mold and mildew infestation. She refused to have the unit inspected by a licensed HVAC inspector as instructed by the Code Enforcement Police in March 2012. The violations were not repaired until after I filed a claim in magistrate court on August 2012, but the HVAC unit still has not been inspected by a licensed inspector. Can I sue the landlord for money I paid towards rent while the code violation was not repaired?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.