I got a letter from my landlord last month.
He was suing me for repairs to the furnace.
I couldn’t figure out how he could make me pay for the HVAC company. I called them when the landlord refused to do so. I went without heat for almost a week. I told the landlord he either called the HVAC company and had the furnace repaired, or I was calling them. I put my rent in escrow so I didn’t spend it, and moved back with my parents until the HVAC technician arrived. I got to mom’s and picked up the phone. After getting in touch with the HVAC company, I gave them the address and asked them to repair the furnace. The receptionist told me there was no planned service call for that address. I explained I had notified the landlord in writing about writing a week earlier, but he refused to do anything. The furnace wouldn’t work, and I would be at my parents’ house until the furnace was repaired. I took the letter to my dad and asked if the landlord could sue me for the HVAC bill? Dad had never heard of such a thing and called his lawyer. He asked me if I had anything in writing, and I said yes. I had an email from when I first notified the landlord that the furnace wasn’t working properly. I had the certified letter showing they delivered it, I said the money was in escrow and I was calling the HVAC company. The landlord never accepted the letter. The lawyer said I didn’t need to pay, but I should look for another place to rent, because this landlord was going to be nothing but trouble.