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I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Me too :(
Can you please tell me if you have a valid written lease agreement?
I do ye
When does it expire?
1 year a believe. It is renewed in Oct.
How many years have you lived in this rental unit and how many similar water spill incidents did you have over the period of time you have been renting your current unit?
About 12 years
There were several actually - I would guess about once a year perhaps. I never kept count.
But a few were not my fault.
I think they have it documented, the repair man said something about that
Is this the first time that you were served with a written notice threatening an eviction if this type of incident occurs again?
Thank you for this unformation.
There was an unrelated notice with a threat which had to do with them saying they didn't have one of the keys for my apartment
That was the only other notice
But it was also untrue
Well, generally, if a tenant is causing the same type of damage due to the tenant negligence, then the landlord can actually evict such tenant after a proper notice if the same type of incident occurs again within one year from the last incident.
Oh that's not good
However, if there is an issue with your flooring in the bathroom, which causes even minimal amount of water to cause a leak downstairs, then this issue needs to be addresses separately.
so basically it must not happen again for a year
at the minimum
Basically, as a tenant you do have the right to demand for the landlord to repair / properly seal the floor, so this type of an issue can be avoided.
Does this make sense so far?
So how "water proof" should the floor be?
Well, floors are generally not designed to be water proof at all.
Do you have tiles in your bathrooms?
Tiles if properly sealed should be able to sustain minimal water spill, but if a shower runs for a few minutes on the bathroom floor, virtually any floor would leak
Do you know if the repairs have been done yet to the downstairs apartment?
I don't know - the notice suggest they were not.
Also, you might want to consider some type of rubber matting for the bathroom floor to at least prevent immediate water damage.
That's a good idea
It happened 4 days ago - I recieved the notice today
Well, you do have the right to actually send your own independent contractor to provide you with an estimate and photos of the damages that downstairs has suffered, so you can make sure that you are not overcharged for any repair work that will be done.
So really all I can do is demand they seal the floor better and try to avoid a future incident?
Ah right, ok I try to get that done too
Yes and also take preventive measures, such as placing rubber mats and also have a serious talk with your kids as to how they need to be careful with water and that if they are not careful, the water can cause a lot of damage and cause the entire family and building a lot of issues.
I know this is pretty simple stuff, but the kids don't always understand or appreciate all the hazards and consequences of playing with water, fire, etc...
Also keep in mind, even if this does happen again within a year, it doesn't mean that the landlord will have an automatic right to evict you, however the landlord is pretty much trying to get the message across that this type of water leaks are causing issues for other tenant.
Yeah I'm sensing that.
So, there is no need to panic or be scared, but just be little more careful and take as many precautions as you can to avoid this type of unfortunate incidents.
The neighbor also like to yell very loudly when this happens.
Well, the neighbor is probably displeased, as anyone would be in such situation...
Yeah I know.
However, the neighbor doesn't have the right to yell at you or your children or insult or threaten you in any way.
That's a good point. She didn't do it this time. Usually she'll just yell, not in a threatening matter. But she will use foul langauge.
Not at the kids, just me and the repair men
Well, hopefully this can be avoided in the future.
But you do have the right to inspect the damage and to have it estimated.
Yeah - I'll invest in the bathroom mat and take the other preventive measures you mentioned.
Also, I think there are some equipment that can sense water on the floor and sound an alarm, but I am not an expert in the plumbing field...
Maybe I'll ask a plumber ;) Well I think that about covers it...
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