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The strongest claim that you would have against the property manager is for what is called a constructive eviction.
Constructive eviction is a term used in the law of real property to describe a circumstance in which a landlord either does something or fails to do something that he has a legal duty to provide (e.g. the landlord refuses to provide heat or water to the apartment), rendering the property uninhabitable.
Here you can argue that the issue with the pipes has rendered the apartment uninhabitable.
Also, did the property manager follow all the appropriate eviction procedures such as posting a notice within the specified timeframe, allowing you an opportunity to cure, serving you with the eviction notice, etc.? If not, you can argue that the eviction is improper.
Perfect. Then all you have to do is make those allegations when you go to court and ask the court that they reimburse you.
I would make the argument that you moved out due to a constructive eviction.
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Did you file an answer to the eviction summons already?
Ok. You should file a counterclaim against the landlord for constructive eviction. You would need to file this before Wednesday.
You can also make the arguments in court on Wednesday, but your best bet would be to file the response to the eviction before then.
The damages would be any costs associated with having to move out as well as any deposits left with the landlord.
No. Just the cost of the move. Not the rent difference.
Every expense that you incurred due to the issues with the apartment should be included.