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Old 08-15-2012, 10:37 PM   #16
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does this toilet need to be replaced based on rust?


Pictures are clear, there's 0 question it's just rust.
Unless you opened the tank and pored in iron filings, your not a fault.

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but wouldn't the prospect of going to small claims court be something she would not want to deal with, especially if its clear I would win? Should I tell her I will take her to court if she deducts this charge?
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:53 PM   #18
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No one in there right mind would "want to go to court" but some people are not in there right mind.
Unless there's more to this then your telling us they would not stand a snow balls chance in he* of winning anything.
Are you still in this place? If so do as I suggest and get a water sample, keep the pictures you posted. Judges like facts not greedy people and dumb as*es.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:00 PM   #19
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but wouldn't the prospect of going to small claims court be something she would not want to deal with, especially if its clear I would win? Should I tell her I will take her to court if she deducts this charge?
You could say that. It may or may not work.

Court fees plus your time could possibly end up costing you more than the toilet.
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hmmm any other thoughts bfore i email her?
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hmmm any other thoughts bfore i email her?
Spend the $5 on material, an hour of your time and scrub the toilet.
Then ask for 100% of your deposit
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:14 AM   #22
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I'm out of the building and city. My lease ended July 31, and she just notified me this the other day
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Bump brah
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:39 PM   #24
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I clean them all the time with muriatic acid. Just did one last week in one of my units that was worse than that and it took less than 5 min to make it look like new. Make sure you have good vetilation and rubber gloves. Flush the system with lots of water when done. I get mine from my pool shed.
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Iwould only clean that toilet..that is nothing you did..caused by the water supplied by city....tell her to take it up with them....or install a filter that will protect her property....ben
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This was her email response. Can someone knowledgable give me a response email to this that accurately and succintly explains I am not liable? Thanks. Unfortunately I can't go back and clean it personally, I'm out fo the city


"You are liable $400 for a new toilet and installation fee. The toilet was not damaged and rusty this past year before you moved in. In a year a toilet cannot get like this due to the "hard water" in the building at 925 or in New Orleans. Otherwise, all the toilets would need to get replaced in a yearly basis. I have never had this happened before."
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this is my template response? wat you think does it make sense?


Rust is inherently caused by a poor plumbing system or dirty water supply (high iron content, hard water, leaky or dirty pipes). A toilet could rust in a matter of weeks under bad plumbing conditions, let alone a year. That a toilet was clean before the lease and had rusted after is wholly irrelevant if the plumbing conditions of that specific unit was not adequate. Rust build up is beyond the control of the lessee; it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure the pipes are clean, to use water softeners or a filtration system if applicable.

Lastly, it is not necessary to spend $400 replacing a toilet (that has no damage FYI, but only a rust stain). Two plumbers have indicated that $10 worth of rust removal products would get rid of that stain.

Any security deposit deduction for this will be contested in small claims court.
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Rust is inherently caused by a poor plumbing system or dirty water supply (high iron content, hard water, leaky or dirty pipes). A toilet could rust in a matter of weeks under bad plumbing conditions, let alone a year. That a toilet was clean before the lease and had rusted after is wholly irrelevant if the plumbing conditions of that specific unit was not adequate. Rust build up is beyond the control of the lessee; it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure the pipes are clean, to use water softeners or a filtration system if applicable.

Lastly, it is not necessary to spend $400 replacing a toilet (that has no damage FYI, but only a rust stain). Two plumbers have indicated that $10 worth of rust removal products would get rid of that stain.

Any security deposit deduction for this will be contested in small claims court.
Well, you asked for any changes that would be made so here goes.

"The problems with the toilet in question are caused by a poor plumbing system or a dirty water supply, such as high iron content, hard water, or leaky and dirty pipes. These stains, which appear to be rust, can happen within weeks if any of these conditions exist. I adequately maintained this toilet in a normal manner and these problems are beyond my control.

I have done significant research and have been informed that approximately 5-10 dollars of cleaning products would resolve this issue. I also understand that if the toilet did in fact need replaced, $400 is not an appropriate estimate of replacement cost.

Any deduction in my security deposit for this problem (beyond the acceptable $10 for cleaning) will result in me pursuing this matter in small claims court."

Please keep in mind I am not a lawyer and this is my layman's advice.
Careful though, you fight this one and she may suddenly "find" other things wrong with the place.
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Why email. Pick up the phone and have a nice conversation with her. I find you get better response that way
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He would absolutely get a better response but from the beginning of this thread the op has insisted on taking the aggressive approach.
When you're being aggressive about it you need your statement in writing.

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