No Fridge for a Week! Do You Know Your Renter's Rights?

A few weeks ago my fridge just quit and within about 24 hours of its final shudder everything inside was at room temperature. I contacted my landlord and heard back a day later via voicemail that someone would come to remove it next week. Momentary panic set in. Remove it... what about replacing it? Next week? It was only Monday so that was at least seven days away.

I tried to contact them but was sent to voicemail and while waiting for a response (which took yet another day) I decided to look into my rights as a renter and how others had handled the same situation.

Renters' rights vary from city to city and may depend on what your situation is or what agreements you have signed with your landlord. In my particular situation I live in a brownstone building that is family owned (i.e. no big corporation to deal with, which is good and bad) and my rental agreement is month to month. In Boston this is considered “Tenant at Will.”

In the city of Boston a landlord is not required to provide a tenant with a refrigerator although the space and facilities for one must be available. However, in the case one is provided, it must be kept in good working order. Whew.

My refrigerator was replaced, and because it took over a week I requested (and was granted) a deduction in my rent the next month to help cover the cost of replacing the food.

View the official “Renters Rights in Boston” here.

Has anyone experienced a similar situation? How did you handle it?

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