Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) March 22, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, is offering tips to apartment residents on handling water damage to their units, as well as tenants rights as they pertain to apartment water problems.
Apartment water damage may affect more than one unit, and it is the landlord’s responsibility to have the problem fixed and the damage repaired. Tenants also have certain rights when it comes to these matters, and local housing authorities have information on exactly how the law applies from state to state.
Landlords may evict apartment residents if the damage is great enough to prohibit the unit from being occupied. All such lease terminations should be given a notice of ten days from the end of the rental month.
Tenants forced out of their apartments by water damage do not owe their landlord rent for that month, nor is rent required until the damage is repaired and the unit made safe for habitation again. Tenants who are considering this course of actions should consult with a lawyer to avoid any legal ramifications.
Landlords are required to pay for water damage repair at their own expense. These repairs are confined to the unit itself, not to furniture or other personal belongings of the tenants.
Tenants have the right to cancel their lease if the necessary repairs are not made in a reasonable period of time. It will be necessary to demonstrate that the damage was severe enough to warrant such action.
Tenants also reserve the right to make repairs themselves and have the cost deducted from the monthly rent. Such deductions will have to be reasonable, and tenants do not have the option of refusing to pay rent altogether if they elect this course of action.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.