Flooding, what to do?
January 26, 2007 9:07 AM Subscribe
My apartment had some minor flooding last night. Is it unreasonable to ask for a month of free rent? Or, have I lost my security deposit?
posted by nasreddin to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am a college student, I live alone in a medium-sized studio in Flatbush, Brooklyn, for which I pay $900/mo. Last night dirty water started coming out of my ceiling, probably 15 gallons or so--right into my lamp, potentially creating a deadly electrical situation. No one answered the door at the apartment above me. My property manager had not given me my new super's phone number, telling me to take maintenance issues to the management office (which was closed at 11 pm, of course). I had to call the Brooklyn fire department, which showed up, punched a hole in my ceiling (without asking me), turned off my electricity, and left.
After they left, more water started coming down the walls, "blistering" the paint. I immediately left a message at the management office explaining the situation.
Now I have a hole in my ceiling, bits of ceiling all over the floor, no electricity in my main room for several days, lots of wet/damaged books and possessions, a wall and the ceiling are water-damaged, and my whole apartment smells like swamp.
Is it reasonable to ask for a month of free rent? Or did I do something wrong, forfeiting my security deposit? My lease doesn't seem to say anything about this, it's a standard NYC lease. Otherwise, should I take this to some authority?