Landlord has not reimbursed for plumbing? Help?

So July 2016, we had a major plumbing problem. Poop and poop water was coming up in our bathtub (like ACTUAL FECAL MATTER). It was really bad, unsanitary, stinky. We emailed our landlord about the problem, and he did not respond. We waited for a week for him to respond (meanwhile more and more poop filling our

So July 2016, we had a major plumbing problem. Poop and poop water was coming up in our bathtub (like ACTUAL FECAL MATTER). It was really bad, unsanitary, stinky. We emailed our landlord about the problem, and he did not respond. We waited for a week for him to respond (meanwhile more and more poop filling our bathtub). He never responded, and we had to call a plumber. The plumber told us that our pipes were really bad (too small?), and our entire pipe system should be redone (he made me write down measurements for "sloping valleys?"). But he unclogged everything in the meantime, and said this was only a temporary fix.

Bottomline, I paid out of pocket almost $500. We gave the receipt to the landlord but have not heard back. I don t necessarily want to bombard him with "hey am I going to be reimbursed?". Is there something that I m missing? Are tenants not to be reimbursed for plumbing problems? Should I mail him a formal letter? I really love where I live and don t want to move so I want to know how to handle this situation as best as possible?
*edit: I have photos and other roommate saw the problem The plumber even told us we shouldn't have waited that long I don't really want to go to court, so I guess I'm just out $500 🙁

Best Answer:

sharon: You have a problem, you gave the landlord the receipt, you didn't get permission from the landlord to get the work done or to be repaid….. you needed to call the health department who would have got in touch with the landlord and requiring him to do the work…. I think you will need to take the landlord to court to get the money along with all your proof…like photos of situation, emails/text you sent/copy of letter and your copy of the receipt you paid along with a copy of your bank statement proving you took out the money and paid it yourself

Other answer:

sharon:
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glenn:
I am a landlord and I do not want the renter to make any repairs. There are plumbers that over charge and do bad work. I may not want to pay you back and I may not be obligated to pay you back. Every renter I have has my personal phone number and that would be quickest way to get hold of me- why would you email and then wait a week? Talk to the guy.
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Also I had a very similar problem in my personal house about a year ago. Third plumber fixed it to my satisfaction. Very frustrating but it does happen- and yes it is disgusting. First two talked about thousands of dollars to replumb- third showed me it was a much more simple problem
Landlord2005:
There are legally required steps in every state that tenants must follow to force landlords to make needed repairs. You failed to follow any of those steps.

Next time you need to find & follow the legally required procedures for your state.

Taking it off the rent is not legal in all states. Those that do allow it still have legally required steps you must follow before you ever called he plumber.

JMITW:
depends on state law…you have to look up state procedure..some states may require you to notify the landlord ahead of time that you plan to pay for the plumber and bill him
babyboomer1001:
Ordinarily, you have no right to call anyone on your own and no right to reimbursement. The landlord has the right to choose someone to repair it. However, this was an emergency that needed to be repaired immediately. The tub contents posed a health and environmental threat. You waited a week. You were more than patient. Under the circumstances, his failure to respond left you no alternative but to call a plumber. Deduct the $500 from next month's rent. Enclose a copy of the plumber's report/receipt and a brief – nice – letter from you, ending with …I trust you will understand.
Dan B:
Check with your local landlord-tenant advocate in your city or county government offices. My guess is that without permission from the LL, you're going to be footing the bill unless you sue. Did you keep a copy of the receipt? You might need it. However, if the LL never took action in a reasonable time period (a week, to me, isn't reasonable), then possibly you might have a case. This doesn't sound like a LL I'd like to stay and deal with on future issues.
Pascal the Gambler:
Check state law and then deduct from rent if you can.
Judith:
You shouldn't have given the landlord the receipt. What I would have done would be to write out the rent check minus the amount spent on the plumber and included a photocopy of the receipt along with the rent check.

You also need to contact the health department. And look for a new place to live because you have a landlord who doesn't wish to maintain your residence.

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