I've had water damage to my personal belongings in my apartment due to water leaking from the ceiling. They never sent a professional to fix the roof and the occurrence happened 4 times. I have over 1 thousand dollars in damages. The lanlord is only willing to pay $250
Yes, if you gave them adequate written notice of the problem and they failed to use reasonable efforts to fix it the last time, then you can seek damages from them.
Most apartment dwellers are not aware that they can obtain "renter's insurance" to cover losses to their personal property. It is amazingly inexpensive and a claim on such a policy would make you whole again. Without that coverage, though, you will have to seek compensation from the premises owner. It may well be that their insurance company has valued your property at $1,000, but reduced it to a $250 settlement as the "depreciated value" of your stuff. Really, instead of looking at replacement cost, what would be the yard sale value of it all? The amount of reimbursement depends on the terms of the landlord's policy - if they even have any insurance to cover the apartment's contents, at all. Compile a thorough inventory of your belongings that have been damaged (with photos and, if possible, receipts from purchase), write a letter to the landlord or property manager and let them know you will not settle for their offer and, if you must, you will take them to small claims court to recover what your stuff is worth.
Mr. Williams is licensed to practice law in the state of Nevada. The foregoing response does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is, essentially, educational only, and is intended to provide general legal information about the matters presented by the question. Often, the question does not include significant and important facts, dates and other information that, if known, could significantly affect the appropriateness of the response and make it unsuitable. Mr. Williams strongly advises consulting directly with an attorney licensed in your state in order to ensure proper advice and counsel is received.
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