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Repairs for a leak taking too long?

Postby tenantlife123 » Thu May 21, 2020 10:36 am

As of April 1, 2020 I started renting a 2 bed 2 bath (2 floor unit).The upstairs bathroom is located directly above the smaller downstairs bathroom. On April 11th, I notified my landlord that during use, the upstairs shower was leaking through the ceiling into the downstairs bathroom (approximately two cups of water would leak through for a 5-10 minute shower).

The landlord has had a plumber come 4 separate occasions, each time fixing something but never able to fix the leak. The last time they came was yesterday (5-20-2020) and this morning we tested the shower and it still leaks through the ceiling.

So it has been about 5 weeks since I noticed the landlord and although they are trying to fix this issue, it still has not been resolved. Since I am paying for a 2 bed 2 bath, but have yet to be able to use the main/larger bathroom upstairs, I feel that I should not be paying the full price. I believe this is a reasonable request - how should I propose to my landlord that the monthly price be adjusted until this issue is resolved? Or do I give more time and submit a letter in writing? So far, all our communication is through texting.

Any help or insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Re: Repairs for a leak taking too long?

Postby TenantNet » Thu May 21, 2020 11:51 am

Can't say why the LL's work is not fixing the problem, but seems he's wasting his own money. I would send a certified letter outlining the failed attempts (as you did in your first two paragraphs) and your increasing frustration. Make sure you document things with photos. Send everything certified or by Certificate of Mailing. Never do texting - for anything, ever!

In the letter, at least the first one, you can imply (but don't state) that you might take action. Don't get him too pissed just yet. It does seem he's being responsive; just that it's not working. Maybe suggest he get a different plumber.

There are things you can do, but I would try to not be threatening just yet.
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