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Hi everyone, I am hoping to get some advice from people much more experienced with landlord/tenant relations then I am. Here is my situation, but first some background:

We live in a condo complex with 24 units. It has a flat roof they have been working on since the fall. Last fall our apartment was flooded and the carpet was ruled a complete loss. Due to the slow moving insurance agencies/condo association, we were without any carpet and walking on plywood for 2 months but the place was still functional. I posted on here and many of you thought that there was no way out of my lease despite the time it to fix it.

Now the real problem, last night there was another flood. This time in the opposite side of the complex sparing our apartment(or so we think). At about 10pm, the fire department said that we have to evacuate since they are cutting the power which I disagree with. We have no access to the building and only a few days of clothes. I do have a place to stay but it is 2 hours away from work each way. Here are my questions:

* I do have renters insurance and I am following up with them right now about a hotel. Is this something I should be going after them for, or should I go after the landlord for this? Along with the food that is going bad in our refrigerator, and the amount of rent per day that we can’t live there?

* Last time we had no way to really get out of our lease but I think this time it might be different. Our lease expires in July, but what is the threshold for time of the apartment being uninhabitable where we acn get out?

Thanks everyone
Just wanted to add that this is a condo complex owned by an association. While each person owns their apartment, the roof leaking falls under the condo association. Does that mean the landlord is off the hook and it hangs with the condo association? Thanks everyone

1 Thought on Flood makes apartment uninhabitable by having no power?
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    Obamas Shoes
    August 12, 2011 at 6:47 am

    The landlord has to pay for a hotel and moving expenses. You do not have to pay rent since the building has no power. The landlord has broken the lease by letting the building become uninhabitable. This was not a fire but damage caused by the landlord’s neglect.

    Take photos of the food in the fridge for evidence. You should sue the landlord unless he will settle out of court.

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