What recourse do I have to get safety hazards fixed in my apartment?
Here is a link to the Florida statute that details the obligations of a landlord with regard to maintenance of a rental unit: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0083/SEC51.HTM&Title=->2006->Ch0083->Section%2051#0083.51
Also, if the landlord fails to comply with the requirements of the rental agreement or this part, the aggrieved party may recover the damages caused by the noncompliance in a civil lawsuit.
If your landlord has failed to comply with code responsibilities and has ignored your request to undo their unlawful action, contact your local property safety division (city or town agency that must enforce housing codes).
If your landlord fails to do what the law or lease requires, you may be able to withhold a portion of your monthly rent until the property is brought into compliance. You must give written notice to the landlord of your intention to withhold rent and give the landlord time to make repairs in accordance with the procedures as set forth in Florida Statute Chapter 83, Sec. 83.56 (1)(a) or (1)(b). You must allow at least seven days for repairs and your written notice must give detailed information on the items that need to be repaired.