If there is a pluming problem in my apartment which results in my having to move, does my landlord have to pay for mefor themove?

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If there is a pluming problem in my apartment which results in my having to move, does my landlord have to pay for mefor themove?

I live in an upper flat and the floor is sinking into the middles of the apartment which is where all the pluming is. I found out today that it is drooping into the downstairs neighbor apartment and leaking through the floor. If the floor has to be replace does the landlord have to pay for me to move?

Asked on January 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Regardless of whether or not you can get them you should ask for them.  Your apartment appears to be uninhabitable under the law and therefore your landlord has breached the Warranty of Habitability.  That allows you certain options, which could include breaking your lease and moving. Landlords are generally given the oportunity by Judges to correct the problems that have come up and tenants can pay their rent in to court until the repairs are made and ask for an abatement (reduction) of the rent.  Your landlord may be required to put you up during this time of work if you can not live in the apartment.  If the repair an not be made after attempts have been had then you can as to be let out of your lease.  Good luck.


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