If rent an apartment in a house and due to a hurricane I had ti take time off to clean up, can I charge my landlord for my time/service/expenses?

My basement was severely flooded. As a result, I had to take off a full week of work in order to pump out my landlord’s house and sanitize his house. I also spent money on cleaning supplies etc.

Asked on November 20, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you may not.

The landlord would not be liable for these costs since he was not at fault--that is, he did not cause the hurricane, and therefore is not responsible to reimburse you for your hurricane-related expenses. A landlord is not his tenant's insurer; he is only liable for costs he causes them due to his negligence or intentional wrongful actions.

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