I Leased a home to a young couple. The tenants removed most of the plants and shrubs from around the perimeter of the home. I visited the home in early November after the tennant reported that they had water in the basement. I had lived in the house for about 18 years with no problem with water in the basement.There was a significant amount of rain just prior to the water problem. How likely is it that removing the plants and shrubs could have caused the water problem.
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It's possible particularly if there are no gutters on the house
gutters with downspouts directed well away from the foundation
There are gutters on the house and the downspouts and footer drains were tied together. We already paid a plumber over $3000 to dig down to the footer drain and clean it out. They claim that there is srill a water problem.
do you have a Sump Pump?
I guess it's a matter of how much of an issue is this "water" is. If the tenant is just whining and it's not causing any damage then it's probably nit worth the expense to pursue this. If it is a real issue installing a sump pump is probably the most cost effective option
We do not. why would the basement never have a drop of water untill they removed all the trees and shrubs around the home. I feel that the shrubs and plants absorb all the water and now when it rains there is nothing there and the water goes into the basement. By the way the water is clear,. the drains in the basement have been checked and they are dry so so the water is not comming up the drain. We are talking many trees and shrubs and huge rose bushes and plants and floweres. ( 18 years of work) Plus our home sits up from the street and we are not in a flood area. I am asking this question as George had to leave. ( Wife Pat) Thank you
It boils down to is the water causing any damage and did they have your permission to remove the landscaping.
It sounds to me like the water is incidental and you should sue them for damages if they destroyed your landscaping
of course the last comment was just my layman's (I'm not a lawyer) opinion as a former landlord
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