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Old 06-22-2011, 08:17 AM
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can someone please help me. i rent a house in nj. there was a leak in a pipe behind a wall.

The whole wall got moldy. i called the landlord he sent someone down to open the wall and let it air out.

its now 2 weeks and we want to get him to fix it. the issue is he has 3 people who he uses to come fix things. Me and my wife work full time and the fixers can only come during work hours.

1 of the 3 fixers we dont mind if he comes in while we are not home. but my landlord says hes that that fixer is too busy to come to our house.

what can we do?
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:21 AM
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Do you want the wall fixed? Take a day off of work or let them in your house. The only other option is to hire someone yourself and pay for it yourself as the landlord would not be responsible if you hired your own guy.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:23 AM
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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If the lease agreement states the landlord chooses the vendor for service, you have to abide by that. You can make the request for the one you prefer, but if the landlord has already said no, then you are stuck with the landlord's decision.

To be blunt, you will need to either take a day off or live with the way the place looks.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:25 AM
Location: Midwest transplant
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Explain to your landlord that either he has to come with the worker(s) and assume responsibility for their actions. Otherwise you or your wife, or a family member will have to be home for the workers to come. It's the real world.

Unless you can work out a deal to pay for someone yourself and the landlord allow you to submit the bill in lieu of part of the rent for the month.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:59 AM
Location: West Orange, NJ
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why do you need to be there? you worried about possessions? buy a small safe at home depot for that stuff.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:25 PM
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Can't you work from home, or take a day off....or call out *cough cough* "sick"?
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:14 PM
Location: New Jersey
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I'd look into splitting the costs with your landlord for repairs made by your own guy. Otherwise look into how much you would loose if you took the day off compared to hiring a guy all yourself. (not just dollars but good will with your employer(s).

Pros don't always have a time they can give you and sometimes they do cancel, which would mean another day off...

The part about the landlord being there if you are not home is probably in your lease anyway, but you might have your own reasons for not wanting them in unless you are home. I don't suppose a good friend or relative can help?
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