Coming home to an apartment flooded with water is a nightmare. What’s worse? A property manager or landlord that is ignorant of or negligent in their responsibilities should their property flood. Protect your family and your possessions by understanding your rights as a tenant should the unthinkable occur.
While laws may vary from state to state and province to province, we’ve taken some time to provide the basics. Read on to learn more about the more universal parts of a tenant’s rights.
As always, carefully read your lease agreement and seek legal counsel to learn more about the rights and laws in your region.
Your landlord cannot evict you from your apartment in the case of a flood. One exception is if the apartment is destroyed and repairs are not possible. In that case, you wouldn’t want to return even if you could. Another case is if there is a clause in your lease that indicates the landlord’s right to evict you due to partial damage.
If there is severe damage to your apartment to the extent that it requires considerable repair, it is within your rights to cancel your lease. Be prepared to provide data and proof and, if challenged, to hire an attorney.
If you are not able to live in your apartment due to flood damage, you do not have to pay rent while displaced. If the damage is significant but doesn’t require you to move out during flood damage restoration and repairs, you can request a reduction in your rent during the time those repairs are taking place.
Your landlord or property manager is responsible for paying for repairs to your apartment after a flood. This includes the structure, the appliances, the floors, and anything else that makes up the dwelling. They are also required to manage hiring and scheduling of any outside contractors needed to complete the work.
Should there be a flood in your apartment, there are a few things your landlord is not responsible for:
Whether you live in a house or an apartment, whether you rent or pay a mortgage, no one wins in a flood. The mess and damage can take weeks and sometimes months clean up, repair and recover. Unfortunately, in many cases, there’s no way to prevent a flood. The best we can do is learn how to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, it’s important to understand what you are and are not responsible for in the event of a flood so that you can recover quickly and completely. Part of this recovery is contracting with a professional restoration company to dry, repair, remediate and restore the space.
After a flood, Rainbow International is your one stop shop for restoration, remediation and recovery. We offer a variety of restoration and deep-cleaning services designed to benefit tenants and landlords. If you’ve experienced a flood, you may need:
At Aurora Restoration Experts our highly trained technicians use the latest technologies and industry standards to restore your home or business. If you’ve experienced a flood, don’t wait. Call (720) 619-1384 for 24/7 emergency service.