What are a tenant's rights if a landlord fails to provide heat?

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My lease states that heat is include in our rent. However, it is November and the heat is still not on. There is a lock on the heat in the basement because the bill has not been paid. I contacted the property manager and he said that he can't get it back on now because the landlord has left the country. Seem very odd to me. Our money orders for rent are made out to the property management offices and also sent there. Why can't they get the heat back on? Is the lease broken because of no heat? Should I still have to pay rent while living in the cold? Really, I would like to know who is responsible.

Answered 6 years ago| Contributor
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