Our landlord has been irresponsible and rather negligent during the past 6 months regarding a variety of issues from heat and hot water to mice, and we just found out that the dryer we had been using for months did not have a proper dryer vent, posing a severe threat of fire. When we forwarded the news from the dryer repairman to the landlord, she shrugged it off and assured us that it was "okay" to continue using, especially since getting permission to alter the walls to create an actual vent hole would take "a long time." We are starting to find our living situation uninhabitable anyways, but this is really the last straw. Can we use this negligence regarding the fire hazard (as well as the issue with respiratory problems arising from poor dryer ventilation) as grounds to break the lease?
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