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    Is there tenant rights in the DR when it comes to water inside a house/apartment?

    If they are not repaired in a reasonable amount of time do you have any recourse?

    basically the owner is delaying 30 days on end for fixing of water. most of the time completely non functional. Is there any tenant rights outside of the contract that stipulate minimum standards of living?

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    Unfortunately getting Dominican landlords to serve thier side of the deal once contract is signed should issues occur is like getting blood from a stone. Renting from foreign landlords is always best but obviously there are exceptions.
    Best way to get them to man up is pay thier rent into a bonding account (so if you do never get anywhere can withdraw it back) and not to them until the work is done. This way they will man up or take action against you for none payment, in which case you can produce willingness to pay on the grounds that they repair the property, if infact the contract states you are not responsible for repairs. If you have this and he is responsible then you will have it sorted in your favour one way or the other.
    Dominican landlords suck! (obviously with exception).

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    When I was renting if it took long I told the landlord I'd fix it myself and deduct the cost from the rent, that would either make the mechanic show up the next day or she would say, yes go ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio View Post
    When I was renting if it took long I told the landlord I'd fix it myself and deduct the cost from the rent
    Best, sometimes only, way to do it. If they get mad, what are they gonna do, kick you out!?! Plenty, lots, tons of available rentals on this island. Their loss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUG View Post
    Unfortunately getting Dominican landlords to serve thier side of the deal once contract is signed should issues occur is like getting blood from a stone. Renting from foreign landlords is always best but obviously there are exceptions.
    Best way to get them to man up is pay thier rent into a bonding account (so if you do never get anywhere can withdraw it back) and not to them until the work is done. This way they will man up or take action against you for none payment, in which case you can produce willingness to pay on the grounds that they repair the property, if infact the contract states you are not responsible for repairs. If you have this and he is responsible then you will have it sorted in your favour one way or the other.
    Dominican landlords suck! (obviously with exception).
    The contract does indeed state i am not responsible for repairs. In fact it stipulates i am NOT allowed to make major repairs such fixing water/water heating/water pressure. Only thing it does not outline an exact time for the landlord to complete it.

    They are indeed foreign but extremely cheap. Do you have any advice on using a bonding account? I will do some research myself also.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mauricio View Post
    When I was renting if it took long I told the landlord I'd fix it myself and deduct the cost from the rent, that would either make the mechanic show up the next day or she would say, yes go ahead.
    As i just mentioned, wanted to respond anyway, that i am not able to make these repairs due to contract stipulations.

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    The problem i guess also i am not to sure how the wording on the contract is, and how it would state he specifically needs to repair the water in a given time. It seems crazy to go on for days or weeks and not be able to live in a quality environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginux1 View Post
    T It seems crazy
    You must be new here...

    Money, and only money matter. Your landlord couldn't care less as to the quality of your living conditions. Take money from them at the end of the month, and hand them receipts. Otherwise, you will be waterless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginux1 View Post
    Do you have any advice on using a bonding account? I will do some research myself also.
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    It's just an Escrow account which is really just a third party account. Just go to banco popular and open a new savings account, I think they cgarge about 40pesos a month for a basic savings account, which is only the cost of a pencil. Once work is done close it or leave it, it will close itself in 3 months of no activity.
    Just pay the rent into there, the counter guy will ask you if you wish to add a reference, just add a reference of something along the lines of 'withheld rent'.
    Take photos or any physical evidence possible and a log of when you have contacted the landlord by letter, and brief rundown of your exchanges with them. That's it, the system is on the renters side.
    It would not go to court, but just incase he is right tit, then his lawyer would request you pay the rent into an account via the court until the repairs are done, which is not big deal.

    It's really no big deal, as soon as he knows you are exercising (know) your rights, which you do have when it fomes to withholding rent under these circumstances he will hsve it done within 24 hours.

    1. Hand the landlord in writing your intention to withhold rent until repairs are done.
    2. If not done in 24 hours or by rent day comes, get down the bank and open that account.
    3. Relax, he knows you know your rights.

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    With no water it's hard to use the bathroom.

    Urinate and defecate in a bag and drop it on his porch or drivers side door of his car. You don't necessarily have to seal the bag, let the fun leak out.

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    Live out your security deposit, but don't move out, let him take you to court and try to evict you, then show the court your written communications with him regarding the water, and his responses.
    Courts favor tenants here BIG TIME!!!!!!!!
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