So the pipes at our house got back up, the sewage pipe. And flooded our basement, with water and sewage. We had roto rooter come out to unclog the pipes and “assess” the damage. They unclogged it. And then had to wait to see if my landlords insurance will cover the clean up and repairs. This happened on Sunday. It’s now Wednesday and the landlord is just getting back to me after giving me the run around for days and said he’s not responsible for the costs or clean up. Mind you, he said this happens every couple years cuz the pipes are bad. Didn’t tell us that til after it flooded the basement
That’s disgusting if he had the expectation that the system would fail but didn’t bother to warn you. The building’s septic connection is definitely a landlord responsibility, so it’s not an expense you should bear as a tenant.
If you had personal property which was damaged by the backup, it should be replaced at the cost of the landlord. If it simply grossed you out and you just wanted to get the hell out of there, the landlord’s attempt to evade paying for the repairs, and his failure to disclose the pre-existing septic problems should provide sufficient authority to sever the lease.
You need to speak with an attorney that routinely handles landlord tenant matters, especially matters of landlord negligence which led to the loss of your personal property. Further if you have renters insurance you should put in a claim with your insurance company for you losses.
As to the landlord not being responsible, that is going to be something that is dictated by the lease. Usually the landlords retain control of maintenance only in a few limited cases have I seen a residential lease where the landlord put all maintenance on the tenant this must be explicit otherwise the landlord is held responsible. (Even then not all courts allow a landlord to put the onus on the tenant for repairs). So you should consult with an attorney and provide them the lease for review to determine if this was specifically made clear to you that you were responsible for all maintenance and repairs.
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