I am trying to break my lease, and wondering if the following is a reason to do so.
I rent a unit and recently learned that long before I moved in, my landlord had split the unit into 2 apartments. Both have separate entrances, kitchens, etc. But she did not obtain a city permit to do this work, and does not have a Certificate of Occupancy for both units.
She instructed me to tell the other residents in the building that I am her "roommate" even though she does not live in the apartment at all, because they frown upon her renting (which is probably why she didn't obtain the permits).
I do not think my "half" of her unit has any specific violations because it has an accessible fire exit and repairs are all done, etc.
Given she has violated state code in creating the 2 units, can I simply leave and stop paying rent, and notify her that the lease is voided? Am I entitled to further reimbursement of prior rent? Or should I continue paying rent and living there and pursue this in court? I'm worried if I do the latter, she'll simply start the process of filing for the correct permits, and say I can't leave.
Thanks for your help.