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March 6, 2008 10:30 AM

Burned out apartment tenant in a quandary

Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes

Q: Help! A tenant above me caused a fire, a pipe burst and most of the water ended up in my apartment. Then my ceiling fell in. Most of my furniture and clothing were ruined, and my apartment was uninhabitable for more than three weeks. My landlord will let me out of my lease, but says I needed to pay the rent for the month the apartment was uninhabitable. She's also mentioned she may keep my deposit. Is this legal? Also, I don't have renter's insurance. Can I collect damages from the tenant who caused the fire?

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