Water heater in my unit bursed flooding my apt. The closet where it was located had a lot of my things that were ruined. Landlord stated that they will not be paying for damages to my ruined clothing and shoes. Can I withhold rent for my damages? If not can I sue in court? After the water heater bursed, the landlord moved me to a different unit. I am not mad I had to move all of my belongings. However, I am mad I have a lot of ruined belongings that I should be reimbursed for. I have pictures.