Is my apartment company liable for my shorted-out laptop?
December 3, 2009 2:12 PM Subscribe
Is my apartment management company responsible for water damage to my laptop that occurred as a result of their lack of maintenance?
posted by iamisaid to law & government (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Excuse me if this a common-sense question that I should already know the answer to, but IANAL, etc.
I live in a ground-floor apartment, and over the past several months there have been multiple ceiling leaks coming into my living room from the bathroom of the apartment above mine. I have informed the apartment manager of this on multiple occasions, but it continues to be an issue. On one occasion they patched and repainted a spot on my ceiling where a leak had occurred. And they say they have told my upstairs neighbors not to be so "messy" when they shower.
But as far as I know, that's the extent of maintenance action they've taken, despite the fact that this has happened more than half a dozen times. When I've spoken to them about it, they've claimed that there's really nothing else they can do to prevent future leaks, which does not seem like an acceptable answer to me.
So there was a leak once again last night while I was sleeping, and the water got into my laptop. Now my laptop won't boot up, and it was working fine yesterday.
Does this mean the apartment owners are liable for damage to my laptop? If so, what are the chances of actually getting them to pay up, and what's the best way to go about that?