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As a tenant, you are entitled to the benefit of the landlord’s “implied warranty of habitability.” This means that, whether she knows it or not, your landlord has promised you a livable place simply by renting it to you.
Most states have laws that give tenants specific options if the landlord fails to provide essential services or repair major problems, such as allowing tenants to withhold rent or repair the problem and deduct the cost of doing so from the rent. Find out what options are available in your state.
I had a note and agreement for residing in a residence for an unspecified period of time. I made thousands of dollars' worth of improvements to the property. Is the landlord required by law to reimburse me for these improvements?