I have a question about renters rights in the state of California
I have an apartment on the first floor. During a rain storm the outside apartment drains backed up due to torrential rains that lasted 2 hours, and due to the construction of the apartment the water started coming through my closed patio door and caused a 9X11 square foot portion of my living room to be water damaged. The water was approximately 2 inches in depth, most of which was under my carpet and some above it.
I pay $1,500 in rent, slightly above the average for my area, so I consider it to be classified as a luxury apartment and I don't think water damage should happen in these sorts of buildings.
The water was vacuumed up by the maintenance man, the vacuum got roughly 2/3rds of the water leaving about half an inchMy living room was unlivable for 10 days due to smell and possible mold My landlord says that since it was a torrential downpour it's a freak accident and I should get no money other than $10 (under 1% of rent) On ca.gov's website it says an apartment can be legally uninhabitable if it lacks "effective waterproofing and weather protection of roof and exterior walls, including unbroken windows and doors" The way I see it (and this is what I want your advice on) One of my rooms was uninhabitable for 12 days (12 days of 30 day month) = 40% I have 2 rooms (living room and bedroom) 40% / 2 = 20% 20% of 1 months rent $1,500 = $300 Would I be right to ask for $300 reduction in my rent?
Without commenting on your reasoning, you are allowed to ask for a reduction in rent if something is causing you to be able to enjoy your living situation less--and that something isn't your fault,.
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