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Flooded Room - Broken Water Heater / Damp carpet by Jan Chan (CA) on April 21, 2010 @18:42

                              
I had a busted water heater leak in a tenants bedroom soaking the carpet (producing a mildewy smell), and now they want to withhold rent for the days they have not been able to inhabit their bedroom. Do they have a right to withhold payment for those days? (off next months rent - obviously since this month's is paid)
Thanks,
Jan
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Re: Flooded Room - Broken Water Heater / Damp carpet by Anonymous on April 21, 2010 @19:40 [ Reply ]
IMO, no. Is the house or apartment completely uninhabitable? Nope, only the one bedroom. Their renter's insurance policy will pay for any damage to their belongings. You did require them to have a renter's insurance policy, right? You need to dry the carpet and reduce the mildew smell but you don't owe them reduced rent, unless you feel they are *star* tenants and deserve it.
Re: Flooded Room - Broken Water Heater / Damp carpet by Anonymous on April 21, 2010 @19:41 [ Reply ]
IMO, no. Is the house or apartment completely uninhabitable? Nope, only the one bedroom. Their renter's insurance policy will pay for any damage to their belongings. You did require them to have a renter's insurance policy, right? You need to dry the carpet and reduce the mildew smell but you don't owe them reduced rent, unless you feel they are *star* tenants and deserve it.
Re: Flooded Room - Broken Water Heater / Damp carp by Jake (FL) on April 21, 2010 @21:14 [ Reply ]
You are not going to win with this in front of a Judge. Let them take a few days off the rent before they start in with the mold complaints.
Re: Flooded Room - Broken Water Heater / Damp carpet by OK-LL on April 21, 2010 @21:45 [ Reply ]
Just had this happen. For it to become mildewy, the tenant must not have reported the leak quickly. Takes a few days to raise that smell. I charged the tenant for the carpet cleaning and mildew treatment which would not have been required had they reported the wet carpet immediately. I agree with poster that no compensation is required unless they had to leave the rental completely. How many days are we talking? For me, it took 2 days to suck up the water, dry the carpet overnight with blowers, apply mildicide, replaced sogged pad and tack strip, and restretch the carpet. I offered no compensation for this time during which the bedroom could not be slept in.
Re: Flooded Room - Broken Water Heater / Damp carpet by A.T.SF (CA) on April 22, 2010 @06:43 [ Reply ]
If you are in San Francisco then a Ordinance of the S.F. Rental Board requires that you compensate them for the time they were unable to inhabit the premise due to the water,smell and inconvenience.

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