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  • Does this qualify as an "emergency"?

    I live in an apartment and have never had any problems with my landlord. He is a sweet old guy. Well he just sold the building to his son, who seems like a nice guy too.

    I had a problem with my bathtub that whenever you turned the hot water off, the water still ran a bit. I was going to call my landlord to fix it but I wanted to straighten up the place first.

    I was gone most of yesterday and this morning when I went into the bathroom, my shower curtain was pulled aside (in a direction I don't put it in) and the faucet was fixed. No note was left for me nor was any voice message left from a anyone telling me they had fixed it or entered my apartment.

    Ohio Revised Code states that a landlord must give the tenent a 24 hour notice except in case of emergency. Do you think that the faucet running constitutes an "emergency"?

    [ 09-17-2002, 08:00 AM: Message edited by: RaychelR ]
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    That depends on how badly it was running and who pays for the water .
    If it was overflowing the tub, then yes.
    If the landlord pays the tab for the water, then he may have thought of it as an emergency.

    Best thing to do here, IMHO, is to talk to him.
    On the bright side, he did fix it. [Wink]
    "Public service is not just a job.
    It is an act of citizenship."
    ---G.W. Bush

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    • #3
      Well, he does pay for the water but it wasn't running badly enough to overflow the tub.

      I get all weirded out that someone came in my apartment and did who else knows what.. and I have two cats that I am not allowed to have.

      So.. guess I gotta wait to see what happens.
      No partner is worth your tears -
      the one that is won't make you cry. - Anonymous

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      • #4
        I've always hated it when a landlord enters "my" apartment without invitation.
        Good luck with the cats - hope it all turns out well.
        "Public service is not just a job.
        It is an act of citizenship."
        ---G.W. Bush

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        • #5
          It would be very interesting to see how he could classify that as an emergency.

          The down side to apartment life is the number of keys floating around. You have maintenance, and then the people they contract work out to like exterminators, plumbers, water extraction people, painters and the like, all with keys to your home.

          I went round and round over this with one property management company when a sub contractor entered my apartment to get a piece of equipment he had left behind. I raised hell over it with the property management company, to no avail, until I reminded them of the portion of the lease that specified the conditions for emergency entry. They kind of back peddled then, but to me the damage was done. I moved not long after.

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