The association recently changed the main water valve where we currently rent. Due to the change, the washing machine stopped working. We contacted the landlord regarding this issue and he provided some options to try. We tried them but we were unsuccessful. We then noticed water on the floor so we turned the main water valve in the unit off in attempts to stop the leak. This did not work. We spoke to the landlord, who was out of town and was not due back in town for 2 days, regarding the leak and water on the floor. He instructed us to turn off the cold water valve in the wall by the washing machine. We informed him we were unable to turn it off and he admitted that the valve was faulty. We informed him that we called a plumber due to the fact that our current living conditions (all water items including flushing toilets weren’t available) were unacceptable and need to be rectified. All he said regarding the plumbing bill was that he was going to try to get reimbursed by the association due to the change in the main water valve. The plumber came out and fixed the problem and we paid him up front with the understanding that we would be reimbursed.
Tha landlord is trying to pass the buck. Your lease is with him. Because of the "emergency situation" you may be able to write a post-event letter under the Illinois Residential Landlord & Tenant Repair Act and deduct some or all of the bill from your rent. I would start by telling your landlord you'll have to contact an attorney because whether the Association reimburses him is totally separate, and in fact had you not acted his unit would have been damaged. Then if he acts like a jerk, I think you should get an attorney involved as soon as possible.
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