Apartment Flood. Computer Damaged. Landlord Responsible?
March 14, 2010 10:02 AM Subscribe
Bedroom flooded as result of faulty construction. Is the landlord liable for damages?
posted by kmtiszen to home & garden (6 answers total)
After an entire day of torrential rain, we came home to find a good portion of our bedroom flooded with about half an inch of water. If that wasn't enough, there was a computer on the floor next to the bed just sitting in the water. It's currently drying out, so we don't know the status of its condition, but we were wondering if the landlord might be liable for the damage.
It's a brand new building and we've only been here for about 1.5 months. The super stopped by today and identified the problem: the water is somehow seeping in through the building facade and coming up under our floorboards. So, we basically have a water table just waiting to overflow underneath our floor. To me, this seems like a defect in the construction that goes way beyond any incidental damage.
Note: we don't have renter's insurance, so that's out of the question.