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Old 07-29-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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So, I'm renting this house and the concrete patio is sinking towards the house and with all the rain lately, my downstairs bathroom is getting flooded. I know the best thing to do is remove the concrete and tamp new soil, etc, but no way the landlord will go for that. Has anyone ever solved this problem another way? I'm looking at 2- 10'x9' slabs (no idea how thick. Also, I am subjected to winter freezes.

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Old 07-29-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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Short of removal and replacement, mudjacking the slabs back to the correct elevation is really the only other option. It would probably be cheaper than a total re-do, but it certainly is not cheap.

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Be sure to talk to your landlord about it. Some landlords care about their investment and don't want it needlessly damaged. He's likely to appreciate the info.
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So, I'm renting this house and the concrete patio is sinking towards the house and with all the rain lately, my downstairs bathroom is getting flooded. I know the best thing to do is remove the concrete and tamp new soil, etc, but no way the landlord will go for that. Has anyone ever solved this problem another way? I'm looking at 2- 10'x9' slabs (no idea how thick. Also, I am subjected to winter freezes.

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I know that your bathroom flooding stinks but why isn't this being taken care of from your landlord? You're ranting, you can't touch one thing on that house anyway.
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Thanks all for the replies...Joe, I am not ranting...some landlords simply look for the cheapest way out. Its not my house but I still have to live here.
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Thanks all for the replies...Joe, I am not ranting...some landlords simply look for the cheapest way out. Its not my house but I still have to live here.
I know you have to live there and it isn't right that your bath keeps flooding. The landlord STILL has to do something about it and you STILL unfortunately can't touch one thing on his house legally.
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If you do touch the slab he could then blame you for the water problem
You could then be on the hook for repairs
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I have and have had several rental properties - I would surely want to know about this type of problem and fix it properly to avoid further damage and protect my investment. Talk to the landlord.
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Look, in pretty well all jurisdictions, you are entitled to live in a dwelling that is fit for carrying on a normal life, and I don't consider a flooded basement bathroom 'normal'. Now it may or may not be because of the sloping slabs, but as a renter, it is your - at least - moral duty to let the landlord know about it. As a landlord, I would appreciate the info...

Now whether he does anything about it is another matter. But here again, you have certain legal rights and the legal system can help you out. First, send him a registered letter informing him of the problem, with pictures. Refrain from making your own diagnosis but instead obtain a written report from an engineer, a water damage restoration company or some independent specialist and send that report to him. Who knows, they may point out to a certain health hazard, ya never know...

Now the onus is on the landlord to do something. If he refuses, or delays the whole thing, I am sure the legal system would allow you - under certain circumstances - to withhold your rent in order to pay for the repairs. If things still get messy, then you probably also have the right to terminate your lease.

Apart from affecting the value of the property, either scenario would not be looked at kindly by the courts, after all, the landlord was notified and there is a bona fide problem that affects your quality of life (if that really is the case). In esssence his problem becomes yours because you live there...Document the whole lot, CYA, and move forward responsibly. Same goes for the landlord.
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Thanks all for the replies...Joe, I am not ranting...some landlords simply look for the cheapest way out. Its not my house but I still have to live here.
Dave,

What has the landlord said about fixing this?

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