Failure of landlord to comply with rental agreement.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, if the landlord fails to comply with the rental agreement, the tenant shall deliver a written notice to the landlord specifying the acts and omissions constituting the breach and stating that the rental agreement will terminate as provided in this section. If the breach is remediable and the landlord adequately remedies the breach or uses his or her best efforts to remedy the breach within 14 days after receipt of the notice, the rental agreement does not terminate by reason of the breach. If the landlord fails to remedy the breach or make a reasonable effort to do so within the prescribed time, the tenant may:
Terminate the rental agreement immediately.
Recover actual damages.
Apply to the court for such relief as the court deems proper under the circumstances.
The tenant may not terminate the rental agreement for a condition caused by the tenant’s own deliberate or negligent act or omission or that of a member of his or her household or other person on the premises with his or her consent.
If the rental agreement is terminated, the landlord shall return all prepaid rent and security recoverable by the tenant under this chapter.
A tenant may not proceed under this section unless the tenant has given notice as required by subsection 1, except that the tenant may, without giving that notice, recover damages under paragraph (b) of subsection 1 if the landlord:
Admits to the court that the landlord had knowledge of the condition constituting the breach; or
Has received written notice of that condition from a governmental agency authorized to inspect for violations of building, housing or health codes.