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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Generally, the landlord is required to provide a place that is habitable to their tenants under the implied warranty of habitability. Their failure to do so could lead to civil damages. In your case, it is clear that the basement being flooded on more than one occasion suggests that this is an unliviable space currently and the landlord is required to make it livable. If they do not get the water out, you have a couple of options: 1. you can pay to have the water removed on your own and seek reimbursement from the landlord; 2. you may want to consider just writing a formal demand letter. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation; 3. You may also withhold the rent until the place becomes habitable as well.
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