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Posted by TenantNet on December 30, 1996 at 22:39:19:

In Reply to: Re: FLOODING posted by c. parker on December 28, 1996 at 20:44:06:

: : When I moved in, I was assured verbally that the basement did not flood of my tiny rental. I was told by this agency that if it did, they would take care of it immediately. Well, it floods. the flooding of the basement cuts the area of the house in half. After three and a half months of letters, faxes, and phonecalls, they finally came out to take a look. Now they have seen it with their own eyes....but in the mean time I am paying full rent for half a house. do i have any rights?

We're hoping to post some Oregon tenant info soon on our web page.
The owner is required to make any repairs that are necessary. If he doesn't,
then that is a breach of lease and/or a violation of the warranty of habitability.
Make sure he knows about it and that you give him access to make repairs,
that he can make no excuse. Take photos as well. In many states you can
withhold rent and when they take you to court your defense would be
lack of repairs. You also might wish to get a city violation for the

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