If my apartment was flooded waist high during a hurricane, what are my rights in order to get my it renovated back to the way it was?

Is my landlord responsible for putting me up in a place while they renovate?

Asked on November 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

1) The landlord must restore the apartment so that it is safe and healthy to inhabit. However, he does not have to put it back the way it was--as long as the restoration is habitable, the landlord has done his job.

2) The landlord cannot get rent from you for the time your apartment is inhabitable; or he can get rent, but has to put you up somewhere else (someplace roughly comparable, though under circumstances of a natural disaster, lower level accomodatoins are often reasonably considered acceptable). He can't get rent without giving you someplace to live.

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