My apartment is leaking

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    Aug 28, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    WTF...I knew this place was a dump...but it's livable...and the location (for this price) is unbeatable.

    Anyone know if this is grounds to break my lease?
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    Aug 28, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Personally, I wouldn't break a lease unless it's related to a job relocation or unsuitable living conditions.
    But that's just me...
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    Aug 28, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidPersonally, I wouldn't break a lease unless it's related to a job relocation or unsuitable living conditions.
    But that's just me...


    But but...can't mold kill you?!
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    Aug 28, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said

    But but...can't mold kill you?!


    You can go into anaphylactic shock if you are a particularly severe allergy to it.
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    DoomsDayAlpaca said

    But but...can't mold kill you?!


    You can go into anaphylactic shock if you are a particularly severe allergy to it.


    wait...thats it? Geez everyon e is always like "MOLD WILL KILL YOU" feel kind of silly now.
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    Ariodante said
    DoomsDayAlpaca said

    But but...can't mold kill you?!


    You can go into anaphylactic shock if you are a particularly severe allergy to it.


    wait...thats it? Geez everyon e is always like "MOLD WILL KILL YOU" feel kind of silly now.


    Your throat completely closes during anaphylactic shock o_O You could very easily die icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 28, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    paulflexes saidPersonally, I wouldn't break a lease unless it's related to a job relocation or unsuitable living conditions.
    But that's just me...


    But but...can't mold kill you?!
    I got an apartment complex shut down for not fixing a leaky roof, after it destroyed all my clothes.
    That's one way to break a lease...legally. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 28, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    If its leaking due to "abnormal" rain, like from a Hurricane (Irine) driven by 50MPH winds in a horizontal mode, its going to leak. Im sure your not the only home in your area leaking.
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    Aug 28, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    It is pretty much impossible to break a lease. :s I think you have to have proof that you notified the landlord at least a few times about the issue before you even have a chance of getting out of a lease and having it be ignored. You also have to prove you gave them reasonable time to fix the issue. At least that is how it is in Minnesota. I could be wrong though.
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    Aug 28, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    chris2787 saidIt is pretty much impossible to break a lease. :s I think you have to have proof that you notified the landlord at least a few times about the issue before you even have a chance of getting out of a lease and having it be ignored. You also have to prove you gave them reasonable time to fix the issue. At least that is how it is in Minnesota. I could be wrong though.


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    This

    It depends on where you live. Try to see about a "Renter's Handbook" for your municipality (maybe from the city website) or something from the state. As Chris2787 said, the key thing is notice. Send them a written note (email should be okay) immediately to begin that clock while you have a look at what the landlord needs to do by when. And since it appears to be a structural issue you shouldn't need to pay anything, or have anything taken from your deposit, unless you were acting in such a way as to make the leak.

    Good luck!
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    Aug 28, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    Read your lease carefully. If it's a relatively well-written lease, it should spell out the grounds for termination. For example, you're entitled to a "habitable" apartment. If your apartment is leaking and your landlord has not repaired the leak after having been advised of it, you may have grounds for termination under your lease. Read your lease and don't act haphazardly. This "comment" does not constitute legal advice on my part.
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    Aug 28, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidWTF...I knew this place was a dump...but it's livable...and the location (for this price) is unbeatable.

    Anyone know if this is grounds to break my lease?



    It can be, but you have obligations also, like informing the landlord of the problem before it becomes a bigger problem. They are not in the apartment to see it is leaking, but you are. Most likely they are going to fix the problem when they learn of it as a leak is a problem that can cause serious damage to the building beyond just your apartment- even to an building that is already a dump.