Repairing a rental
I've had no experience with renting, so I'm turning to you for advice. My nephew just signed a one-year lease on a house. After he and his girlfriend moved in, they found things that had looked good were actually falling apart...doorknobs coming off doors, etc. The latest discovery is that the floor under the new carpeting is rotting, and part of it actually broke through when they stepped on it. He's talking about fixing it himself, but shouldn't the landlord take care of it? He's not sure the landlord will do what he's supposed to do, but then that's a lease-breaker, yes? Of course, they don't have another place to move into right away, and that complicates things. Do you have any advice for these new renters?