Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Life Tests Us

If it's true that life tests us, I'm having exam week right now. The landlord was supposed to send the plumber this weekend to fix the toilet (actually, the previous plumber we had here said there was no way to do that; the toilets both had to be replaced because they were so old).But we waited and waited, didn't go out as we had planned yesterday afternoon because we were waiting, and they never showed up or called us. Neither did the landlord. R. sent a letter repeating what the plumber told us--that there was a real chance that the toilets would flood and seriously damage the apartment if they were not soon replaced. But the landlady is sure we are the problem, not the toilets, and is doing everything she can to get rid of us.
We have to stay here until the process of buying a house is over, so we need her to do something about this toilet stuff. Today I will probably call a lawyer I know and ask her for a referral to someone who does this kind of law, and we will begin the process of demanding that this landlady fulfill her part of the rental agreement.

5 comments:

Robin said...

I don't see how your landlady can get out of this. This is a primary habitability issue. I'm glad you are talking to your lawyer.

marly said...

One does not want to be tested by toilets...

Robbi said...

Well, the toilet flushes, sort of (the handle falls off and we must open the tank and push down the rubber stopper), but it is leaking. We put newspaper beside the toilet, and it is soaked by the end of the day. This makes me very nervous.
I don't know if it qualifies as sufficient to be a primary habitability issue though.

Robin said...

Yes, it does qualify as a habitability issue. A leaking toilet that soaks a newspaper in one day can hardly be called a working toilet by any means. You would think the landlady would want to fix it to protect her own property from water damage, if nothing else.

Robbi said...

We assumed as much in asking the lawyer to take the case, but she stressed that if we can use the toilet, it may not qualify.