Originally Posted by feyzanour
i guess no one cares if the landlord helps or not, er?
It's not a question of caring whether the landlord helps, or not.
It is a question of both legalities and personal responsibility.
The landlord is responsible for ensuring that the premises are liveable, and that includes replacing or repairing whatever he originally provided.
For instance, that might include ripping out the carpeting--if he provided the carpeting. Whether he replaces the carpeting is another consideration entirely, as carpeting is not something that is a necessity.
However, if you installed the carpeting, then you need to remove the carpet, and replacement of the carpeting would be your responsibility as well.
Your personal belongings are just that--yours
--and are not connected in any way with the facilities that the landlord provides in connection with the rent that you pay.
Please do not interpret my response as indicating a lack of compassion or a lack of empathy. It is simply a matter of what is legally required of the landlord, and what is not legally required. And, it is also a matter of personal responsibility on your part. You are responsible for whatever you bought and placed in the apartment.
Unless you can prove in court that your landlord had some personal role in bringing a tropical storm/hurricane to your neighborhood, he has no legal responsibility--other than to restore your apartment to its original condition as soon as is possible. However, under the present circumstances--with continued widespread power outages, and with home repair contractors backlogged for weeks, or perhaps months--it might take some time for him to be able to restore his building to its original condition.
If he chooses to temporarily install a dehumidifier, that would be nice, but he is under no obligation to do so.
If he chooses to temporarily provide a generator
for you, that would be particularly nice of him, but he is under no obligation to do so either. For that matter, your electric utility is under no obligation to provide a generator
for you, so your belief that your landlord should provide a generator
for you is--somewhat bizarre, IMHO.
And, as was already pointed out, even if you had renter's insurance, it is very unlikely that it would cover this type of damage. Only Federal Flood Insurance is likely to provide the type of coverage that would be needed in this type of situation.
The aftermath of a storm like this is very troubling to have to deal with, so I understand your questions and your anxiety. However, your requests are unreasonable, and have no legal basis. And, whatever you are currently dealing with, remember there are others who have it far worse--including being homeless at this point, as many people in Vermont are now dealing with.
There is an old saying that you might want to think about, as it does apply in this situation:
I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet