My apartment is a renovated (and I use the term loosely) late 1800's four family flat. The person who renovated it seemed to think coating everything with some paint was a solution to some issues, namely, the floor. The floor consists of boards coated in brown paint. A few of them are loose and creaky.
Back in January, I was walking across my living room floor when one of these floorboards completely caved in. My leg caught between the boards before my leg went through what is my downstairs neighbors' ceiling -- a ten inch fall. I called my landlord to let him know about the incident, and he said he'd check it out a few days later.
He never came by to look at it, and so I didn't pay my rent for the upcoming month (February). There was a huge frickin' hole in my floor! I thought it was a reasonable compensation since most people were surprised I wasn't going to sue him for the scratches/bruises/knot that were on/in my leg. I also mailed him a notarized/certified letter detailing the situation, and sent it certified.
Finally he contacted me about wanting me to pay the rent, and I reminded him about the floor. He was kind of a jerk about the subject, and finally got around to fixing it (March 3rd.) He said that he'd never received my letter, even though USPS.com said that someone at his address had signed for it.
It turned out that he uses his place of work (a UPS store) as the address for his "rental company." Someone there had signed for my letter, and lost it, so he didn't get it until after he had fixed my floor. He is now bugging me for February's rent.
I don't feel I owe him for that month. I alerted him of the situation (is it my problem that someone at his place of work lost my letter?) and it was not taken care of in a timely matter. I had to have a milk crate cover it so that I wouldn't step on it again, so my pets didn't fall in it, etc.