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Old 08-27-2012, 09:34 AM
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Hi Folks! This is my first post here. I have lurked a little bit, viewed some threads and saw that this is a great site. So I decided to jump into the mix because I need some advice or maybe just some consoling

I rent from an owner inside a Co-Op. Recently the owner of the apt directly above me had some workers (unlicensed) doing bathroom work (demolition). They apparently caused an issue with the toilet, it was overseen and long story short it led to a huge flood in my bathroom. The flood was only the beginning. Thank GOD I was out of the bathroom at the time - several hours after the flood (and cleaning the flood), and about an hour after I left the bathroom, the ceiling collapsed.

At least 100 lbs of dirt, metal and old sheet rock crashed all over the bathroom. This is the second time in 2 years a tenant in the building hired unlicensed workers that led to a flood of my apt/bathroom. This is after they posted notice that no work is allowed to be performed in the building by unlicensed contractors. The co-op board stepped in to have their people fix the issue this time.

My big issue and why I am requesting some advice, is that what can I do as the renter in this situation? I will be out a bathroom for a week as the management drags their behind to fix this - they even had the gall to yell at me for calling directly to ask why this will take so long!

I've been very upset over all this and it feels like I am being bullied, like I have no power here. I have renter's insurance if that matters. Please help - if anyone out there is listening? TIA
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:37 PM
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The place can not be legal without a shower and toilet, etc.
Can you say your apt. is uninhabitable, and therefore, you need to be compensated for a hotel?
I'd do some more searching, and post on a landlord forum also.

Please post the outcome of this. I'd like to know.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:47 PM
Location: Pleasantville, NY
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Everything you've said flies in the face of how co-ops normally operate. They're normally more forthcoming. I've known of a few and they are all very adamant about having licensed contractors, paperwork filled out to seek approval LONG before work can begin. You violate that and there's a lot of hell to pay. To have the same apartment do this more than once, is quite shocking.

This is an insurance claim. The owner of the above apartment is liable for your damages. However, the insurance of the building (co-op) may be the one who makes the claim and then goes after the owner's insurance company (the one who had the illegal work performed) for compensation. It may be the latter; it's been a while since I was in a co-op.

The reason the office may be annoyed that you're calling them is because you're renting. Legally, you're not recognized as the owner of the apartment and the owner should be the one making the calls to the office.

All said, I can't offer advice on what to do about legalities regarding a (lack of) bathroom. You should have the owner of the apartment involved and have them yell at the head office and demand compensation for a hotel until the repairs are complete.
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