Somebody's in hot water (sadly, not us)
June 28, 2010 12:45 PM Subscribe
Apartment is without water until July 6th due to circumstances described below. What kind of compensation should I ask my landlord for?
posted by baxter_ilion to home & garden (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My girlfriend and I live in a basement apartment that was added onto the building recently. When the apartment was built, it was not connected with gas. Our heat is electric as is our stove. The water in our unit is heated using another unit's gas. Unfortunately, the tenant in this unit has not paid the gas bill for several months and the gas has been shut off, leaving us without hot water.
Our landlord cannot compel the tenant to pay the thousands of dollars that are owed on the account, nor is our landlord in the position to pay the amount owed, so she has decided to switch the gas account to her name. Unfortunately, the gas company will not switch the account until July 6th. We are without hot water until then.
This is affecting our ability to bathe and wash dishes without major inconvenience.
I will be looking over our lease this evening, and contacting our landlord to discuss this situation. We believe that we should be compensated for the inconvenience this has caused us. What sort of compensation should we ask?