Broken Gate - does the landlord need to fix it?
I am renting a small house in Southern California. The house was origanally for sale when I moved in with a month to month lease. Since the real estate market has changed a bit, the owners decided to take the house off of the market and let it just be a rental property for now.
I mention this as the house was not really 'rent' ready. I had to clean and paint myself (which they reimbursed me for) but my question is in regards to the the back gate.
It is broken and is falling off of it's hinges. You can barely open or close it. I mentioned this to the property manager and he told me that the owner does not want to fix it and that I should just avoid using it. Well, my question is: it is a gate and is part of the property to be used as a gate, shouldn't it be functioning? Isn't that the landlord's responsiblilty??
Thanks so much for your opinions and responses!