October 3, 2004 4:10 PM Subscribe
Part of my apartment's bedroom ceiling collapsed. Can I get compensation from the management company or should I be glad that they're coming to work on it tomorrow?
Oops, the More Inside:
Long story short-ish, I live on the top floor of a crummy student apartment in Texas. My ceiling sprang a minor leak last weekend. I informed management and they were out the next day to fix the roof. This weekend brought heavy rains to Austin, and what do you know? My ceiling started leaking again, only along a much greater area and with much more water coming in. Got out the buckets and contacted management Saturday morning. They really couldn't do anything til Monday, but they were responsive. But then Saturday night, part of my ceiling collapsed. The hole in my ceiling is approximately 2ft x 6ft, and thank goodness I had moved all my computer equipment beforehand. My carpet was soaked and my friends and I had to clear out all the plaster that had fallen.
So, I'm glad that the maintenance guys are on the job, but there's a damned hole in the ceiling. Can I demand any sort of compensation or reduction in rent? I'm not a tough person, but I'll put pressure on the company if I know I'm in the right.