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Should she have to fix this ?

We live in a rental house ... we have been here almost 2 years and we have had to ask our landlord fix a couple things ( the water heater and a big leak under the bathtub) ...

We have no lease or anything , just basically a verbal understanding ( which sort of works to our advantage too since we are looking for a house to buy ) ...

Our basement is flooded - when we first moved in she told us that there was one corner that gets a puddle of water when it rains hard and she left a shop vac for us to clean it up if we had to.... over the last 2 years, there seems to be more and more water ----- the whole basement if flooded now , there is between 5-7 inches of water... we have thrown away the things of our that got ruined but my husband wants to call and ask her to hire someone to come remove the water, because he cant imagine shop vaccuuming the whole thing ( its a big basement) ...

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:03 PM on Apr. 25, 2011 in Just for Fun

Answers (4)
  • Honestly, its her house so she gets to choose whether she wants to or not. And since you guys aren't on a lease, you can't force her to do it. If she says no, you'll have to deal with it or move out.
    On a separate note, I don't think you should be living there on a verbal agreement. You need to at least have something written up saying that you're going month to month and that both you and the landlord have to give at least 30 days notice. You're living on a dangerous edge, if you anger her, you have no legal ground to stand on.

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 10:12 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • If your city requires rental homes to be registered as such and she is registered you can take it up with them if she won't. She could also get in trouble for NOT having it listed.

    Answer by brypmom at 10:13 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • My basement does the same thing whenever its a hard rain, but I get 12 inches and up of water in mine. We have a pump in the basement that sucks up the water but that still doesn't help the problem. I have some people come out and look and basically its gonna cost out the ass to get fixed (the foundation has to be adjusted ad well. GOOD LUCK. DO we have the same landlord?

    Answer by yummysmummy at 11:18 PM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • Why do you not have some sort of written agreement? Do you pay rent (and can you document this if it's ever questioned??

    Answer by tigrefan98 at 12:59 PM on Apr. 27, 2011

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