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Need some apartment advice, please

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by MU_was_not_so_hard, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    My fiancee's apartment suffered some pretty signifcant water damage last night. An apartment two floors above flooded when the water heater exploded, and within 20 min., there was water stains on the ceiling and walls of my girl's place.
    The fire department kicked us out of the apt. because of the potential for the ceiling to cave (apparently the floor above us was 10 times worse). So we went and got a hotel for the night. Cost us 100 bucks.
    Here's the deal. The apt. complex has said only the business manager can refund money for a hotel stay, but they also said they would have to "evaluate" the damage first.
    That shouldn't matter one bit, though, right? I mean, the fire department told us to grab clothes and get the F*** out. We didn't have much of a choice. The second we walked out, they cut the power to the apt.
    We came back today, and while the carpets had already been cleaned and we were told the painters would take care of the walls/ceiling soon, neither of us are in much of a position to throw away 100 bucks. Do they have to reimburse us?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Call whichever agent has your renter's insurance and see what he or she says.
  3. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Don't live somewhere where they do roofing work at 7 in the morning. You run the risk of dying from the dust raining down on you as you try to sleep after a late night working.
  4. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    I'd say get a letter from the fire chief who ordered you to leave. Make sure he says why he was ordering the evacuation (that the apartment could have been unfit to live in).

    If worse comes to worse, I'm sure you and the other tenants of the building that were evacuated or inconvenienced could get together and have your voices heard.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I'd say the fire department ordering you out is all the evaluation you need.
    Get it in writing, and if they deny it, take them to small claims court -- along with the bill for any other items that were damaged in the slightest. The the complex is going to fuck with you, fuck them back.
  6. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    If you don't have renters' insurance (I never carried it in all the time I rented) and you can't get an immediate reimbursement, consider calling your local Red Cross chapter. They help frequently help people displaced by house fires, so maybe they can help you out.
  7. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Little update (no, it didn't take long).
    The apt. complex told my fiancee that the cost of the hotel would be taken off next month's rent, as well as any other displacements next week while they're finishing up the walls/ceilings/floors.
    Seems at least one complex is going to take care of its tenants.
    Thanks for the advice, guys.
  8. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Good for them.
  9. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    Not to be a jerk here, but get them for the cost of your meals while you were gone as well. And anything else you had to buy (toothpaste, deoderant...etc).

    When she moves out, they are going to fight her every step of the way over every little thing.

    Get yours now.
  10. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Get Kyle K. to pay for everything. And then give him a fist pound.
  11. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Big ups, New Balance, Big ups.
  12. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    A renter's agreement that covered our last apartment stated that if we were displaced, we didn't owe rent and the landlord didn't owe us a place to live.

    We'd have been on our own, I guess.
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