I came home to my ceiling leaking brown water this evening. After a few phone calls from me to the 24/7 answering service my landlord has set up, a maintenance man finally showed up. He deduced that the hot water pipes in the floor between my ceiling an my neighbor to the north's floor had burst.
Meanwhile my counters, appliances drywall ceiling/wall/electrical outlets/lights and wood floors are soaked. The maintenance man said he turned off the water flow to the burst pipe, and said he would return tomorrow to ensure the walls/ceiling had dried, but I'm not comfortable with that response --- I feel that all of the waterlogged drywall/floor should be replaced and the appliances should be replaced.
What do I do? Should I call a lawyer? Should I write/mail a certified letter to the landlord?
I'd like action now, but feel like I'm being out by the wayside. Please help!
Landlord negligence caused a fire in the apartment below me, causing significant damage in my apartment; had to temporarily relocate. Looking to explore my legal options/rights/advice. [more inside]
Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year.
Its a nuisance and very disruptive. What are the rules around this?
I am obviously the tenant and the landlord is trying to sell the apartment. Do I have a choice?
I'm an American, and I'd like to rent a place in Canada for about three months. Is there anything stopping me from doing so? Are there any extra hoops I'll need to jump through? [more inside]
For financial and quasi-environmental reasons, I live in a studio apartment with its own bathroom but with a shared kitchen down the hall. It's great except for one thing: I'd love to use my bathroom sink for kitchen-ish purposes, but the faucet and drain are too shallow. Is there anything I can attach to the faucet that'll give it a bit more flexibility - without breaking my lease or calling the plumber? [more inside]
A couple living together broke up. Who keeps the apartment? [more inside]
Our dog howls in sadness when we leave(about 8am), for no more than two minutes. Then she sleeps for the rest of the day. Our neighbors, who sleep until 1pm, want silence. Are we being unreasonable in considering their request unreasonable? [more inside]
Can my apartment keep me from receiving cable Internet from a 3rd party, if I don't order the apartment's basic cable plan? They shut off my Internet today, can they do this?
Here's the deal - I moved in 2.5 months ago. the complex offers their own cable package through Time-Warner, for $45 dollars a month. I signed the paperwork to turn it down, but told them I planned on getting cable Internet. They never said I couldn't, or that it wasn't an option (there is only one cable company in the area, and DSL is available as an alternative). So the cable guy comes, hooks everything up, I have the Internet only for $29.95 a month, through Time-Warner, which i've been paying, to them. Sounds peachy, right? Not do much... [more inside]
Landlord says a fellow tenant's allergies mean no kitty for me. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
Looking for information about renting in Gulfport / Biloxi area. [more inside]
[Posting for a friend] Please help me navigate my current situation as a renter. My Landlord is, at best, stubborn and terribly difficult to put up with, and at worst running some sort of scam. [more inside]
What do you do with a passive-aggressive, anonymous busybody neighbor? [more inside]
We need to find a new NYC apartment. My husband's working and has good credit, but I'm unemployed and have terrible credit. We also have a cat. How screwed are we? [more inside]
How early is too early to practice the piano if you live in an apartment? [more inside]
Buying vs renting an apartment (New York City)? [more inside]
I just want an apartment by myself in San Francisco. Is this impossible? [more inside]
How should I arrange and decorate my new teeny studio apartment to make it feel homey but not cramped, and not like I'm spending all my time in my bedroom? [more inside]
Suggestions for bringing home a kitty friend for our lonely cat? [more inside]
There is a mold or mildew problem under the kitchen sink in my new apartment. My allergies are a curse that cause me to detect smells that normal people can't, and my landlord can't smell it and thinks I might be crazy. [more inside]
How can I convince my soon-to-be landlady that keeping bikes inside will not result in damage or a bike-house apocalypse? She's strongly insisting that bikes (currently inside) be moved outside, where they will almost certainly be stolen, and at least damaged by rain/weather. (Long - Lots of context/details about testy maintenance issues with previous leaseholder inside.) [more inside]
I finally have a room of my own to decorate! ...And it's the size of a walk-in closet! Help me figure out how to make this tiny space into my home. [more inside]
So I've lived in beautiful San Francisco, California since 2005, but I've recently started a job down in Sunnyvale. I can take Caltrain down there, but it's an hour's trip plus half an hour on either end to get from home/work to the Caltrain station in question. This is not sustainable, so I'd like to move south. I'm 31, single, and a city boy from way back, so moving to The Suburbs gives me pause. Also, I sold the only car I've ever owned back in '05 shortly after I moved here. So I have two questions: [more inside]
Laundry intervention! Washed clothes, but no dryer and no space to line-dry...how can I make it so my clothes are minimally wrinkled and mildewy in the morning? [more inside]
How can I a single guy in an open relationship, arrange logistics to date/hang out with other women when I can't hang out in my apartment? [more inside]
We live in a large apartment building mainly occupied by retirees and young professionals. It's pretty quiet and there's not usually a lot of drama around here. A month or two ago, new young couple moved in on our floor. Coincidentally, also a month or two ago, we started hearing loud, angry arguments coming from one of the nearby apartments. The yelling makes me awfully uncomfortable and I feel like I should help somehow. Do I have any responsibilities as a neighbour apartment dweller to make sure everyone is all right down the hall? [more inside]
I have an apartment that I'm not using. Is there any way I can monetize this? [more inside]
Where should I look for an apartment or rental house that has a reasonable commute to the Natick mall area in Natick, MA? [more inside]
Weird damp smell coming from toilet in new apartment. How to fix it? [more inside]
Roaches, how worried should I be? [more inside]
I'm having trouble getting my deposit back from a Berlin, Germany, apartment rental agency. [more inside]
Conflicting problems with both non-closing windows and likely lead paint in a Los Angeles rental. Maintenance plan to grind them all down later this week and I'm pregnant and worried about the dust. I would deeply appreciate some advice on how this might play out and how to handle it (yes, not legal advice) especially advice from those who know about California and LA rental issues. [more inside]
Our new apartment was completely filthy. I'm writing a letter to the landlord to express our frustration. My roommates want me to ask for money; I think this would be counterproductive, but I tend to be non-confrontational and pessimistic about this kind of thing. [more inside]
Why is my New York City apartment building vibrating? [more inside]
What is the legality/propriety of leasing apartments in NYC for the purpose of renting them out on vacation rental websites? [more inside]
Looking for ways to broaden my roommate search. [more inside]
What are my responsibilities and my landlord's responsibilities in the aftermath of a flood? [more inside]
How can I soup up my apartment for maximum enjoyment, for less than $200/month? [more inside]
What should I know about being an apartment manager in California? [more inside]
My parents are in their 70s and are on a fixed income– a fairly low fixed income– and were forced to declare bankruptcy last year due to significant medical bills. These medical issues also made it difficult for them to maintain their household, resulting in an accumulation of dirt and debris that has forced their current rental complex to issue a polite but firm eviction notice. I am attempting to relocate them much closer to me so that my family and I can provide regular assistance to them, both financial and day-to-day, but they've already been rejected by two rather modest rental complexes (including one at which they previously lived for 25 years). To complicate matters, my mother is in a wheelchair and needs an apartment with few or no barriers (stairs, hills, etc.). Moving them into my home is not an option for a variety of reasons. I'm trying to locate a rental apartment somewhere in Northern Virginia and at this point would take anything. Can anyone tell me where to turn?
Jiminy cricket! - a friendly cricket is stuck inside an apartment and keeping me awake- how can I catch it? [more inside]
Apartment noise, and my own hypersensitivity to that noise, are intersecting with some bigger psychological issues for me about when to stick up for my needs. Help. [more inside]
I have been very happily living in a 3BR apt in Seattle (lower queen anne) with a couple for almost 2 years, and today they're moving out to a house together. In 10 days rent is due. I have posted on craigslist for new roommates to move in. I've asked a few friends to help me screen people, but I'm still freaking out because I'm extremely nervous about choosing new roommates! I really like being close friends with my roommates, so this feels like dating. I'd love any advice & experiences you could share! [more inside]
What expenses can I expect as a young (19) soon-to-be car-owning apartment-dwelling person living in San Francisco? [more inside]
Is it possible to have a roach or two without having *thunderclap* a roach problem
? [more inside]
Cat problem in apartment - landlord won't take action [more inside]
My apartment flooded last night due to the unattended over-flowing toilet of the neighbor upstairs. Stuff is ruined and gross. I already called my rental insurance agent. Now what? In Brooklyn, NY. [more inside]
Inept Los Angeles apartment management accounting, part 2: they now claim the $26 we owe them is from January 2010. My new question is: is it even legit that they are making this claim after 1.5 years? Is there a time limit? [more inside]
Help me find blackout/lined curtains without breaking the bank. [more inside]
Is this a safety code violation?
For two years I've lived in a two story courtyard style building in Los Angeles. Someone keeps tampering with the locks and management won't do anything about it, instead, they've opted to permanently chain shut two gates that provide safe exit from the building. The two other pedestrian doors (front door and basement garage door) they try to keep working. Having the side gates permanently chained makes me uncomfortable. [more inside]
Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]