Water shut off due to landlord negligence?

The City came to our fourplex door saying that they are shutting off our water. They were supposed to do some maintenance on some pipes on our landlords property and sent a letter a few months ago to warn the landlord that the pipes were too old and needed to be replaced. Well I guess our landlord didnt do it because we have no water today. Our landlord of course calls his cheap plumber who turns out cant even come out today, so now at 4:30 pm nothing is fixed and our landlord is trying to fix it himself?? We are unable to use the toilet, shower, cook, wash hands etc. and no plumber is coming today. Our landlord said we need to be understanding. Its a bit difficult to be understanding when he was given notice to do this months ago. What are we able to do if the water is not back on by tomorrow?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Stop  paying your rent.  Instead, pay for a hotel/motel room, until he tells you there is water and you can move back in.  Send him a copy of the motel receipt with a note that payment is due immediately.  Give him 30 days.  Then sue him.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • 3 weeks ago

    Go buy some of the large bottles of water that only cost about a dollar a gallon. You can pour them over your hands when you need to wash your hands.

    You can urinate in the toilet. You just can't flush it (so don't use it for its other purpose).

    If you have a gym membership, shower at the gym.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Check in to a hotel until it's fixed.

  • 3 weeks ago

    maybe you can talk to a lawyer about it

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    I guess you could cry. Or sue them. Or get ambitious and do both.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Blame the city they own and maintain the water pipes.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Water being off for 1 day is not enough to take legal action.  Even if it was you would have to sue him to get anything.  The governing body for landlords is the courts. The only recourse for most landlord violations is to sue.  

    You cannot go stay in a hotel & charge him for it either. Again - You can ask but you would have to sue him to make him do it.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Check your state laws. Maybe you can move into a hotel and charge him.

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    maybe you should talk to a lawyer about it

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