The neighbor above had a toilet overflow that leaked through the ceiling and dripped onto our carpet. There have been big fans set up in out apartment for a couple of days. When I went to speak to the manager about it they had no clue it was even going on. They never contacted the health and safety to check and make sure everything is sanitary. I requested to have the excess electricity bill paid for by the apartments and they agreed to that. When I asked to be compensated in rent deduction they told me no and that they weren't responsible for the damage. I had read somewhere that areas of the house that are not in functional use are to be deducted from rent? One of the bathrooms has a giant heater/fan and cannot be used. I'm just trying to find out my rights in a situation like this!
The landlord is required to give you habitable premises. This includes repairing water leaks from upstairs toilets. I'm assuming he owns the unit above yours. For issues of habitability you can notice the landlord to repair the problem and if he/she refuses you can do repairs and deduct them from your rent. However, you would be wise to have everything in writing.
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