It's 6:36 AM. Saturday. Naperville. Illinois. It's raining and very raw outside.
I have been up for a little over an hour. I am having my first sips of coffee between key strokes.
And I have some questions.
As I type, I am currently 7 days late on our rent for our home. I have spoken to my landlord 3 times this week to keep him informed and will call him today as well to finalize some sort of a plan.
I am a good tenant (except for this recent tardiness) and have paid the first 8 months of rent on time. My rent is $1775 for a small but nice home in a nice neighborhood here in Naperville.
As I type, I can here a fan in the basement blowing. It is on and has been for the last two days in an effort to dry out the water in our laundry room that has come with the rains.
Yes my basement is flooded.
This is not the first time. It's actually the fourth time in 8 months. The last three times, it was contained to the laundry room.
The first time was a real mess. Our basement is about a third of the living area of our little split level.
We had lived in the home for 8 days, and then the water came. Our basement was soaked, uninhabitable, and all of our furniture had to be moved (by me, I might add).
My landlord we will call Rick, because that's his name.
When the flood first came our landlord dropped off a wet vac.
I remember saying to dear old Rick "I can't believe you don't want to fix the basement!"
"I can't believe you don't want to vacuum your carpet!" Rick countered.
Needless to say, good old Rick and I don't see eye to eye.
So my dilemma is this. I know I should pay my rent. I want to. I do not have the money.
I just feel it is in shockingly poor form to begin an eviction process WHILE there is water in the basement.
What are my rights, if I have any.
We have done a mold test (it came back positive (no surprise)). Rick is aware of the flooding.
He seems oddly intentionally disinterested, asking me questions about where the water is coming from, but NEVER doing ANYTHING about it.
I am not a builder. I know nothing of foundations. However, when water continues to enter a basement, my hunch is that there just might be something wrong.
Don't you think?
He wants to sell his home, has tried twice, and ended up renting it out. He is a flipper wanabe. Now he is a landlord by accident.
I don't feel he wants to address the foundation issues so he can check no foundation issues on the seller disclosure when he goes to sell it again.
This in no way is an effort to remove my responsibility as a tenant.
But I do feel he has SOME responsibility as a landlord, doesn't he?
I need your help, Active Rain.
What are my rights?