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    Default Rental Unit Flooded and Over $20000 Property Lost

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Pennsylvania
    About a year ago we rented a house with garage at lower level (lower than street level). We moved all our stuffs and stored in garage for time being. We put our computers, books, children toys, electronics in family room at lower level and our washing machine, dryer and exercise equipments including treadmill in laundary room at lower level. Essentially everything except our beds and dinning table (even kitchen boxed stuffs we stored in garage). Few months into the house, we had rain at night, street water (due to blockage of city drainage) flow to the garage door - first build a dam in front of garage door during night, and then early in the morning broke the garage door; thus flooded (25 inches) whole garage, family and laundary room. Sunked all our belonging worth over $20,000.

    Anything that we salvaged got molded few months later. We have rental insurance but my insurance agent call it flood! My landlord initially said it is city drainage issue so city will reimburse us, but every time i planned with landlord to go to city, he came up with some emergency and we never made it to city. Its been almost a year. I am not sure if I have any legal way to get reimburse for all the damages!

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Rental Unit Flooded and Over $20000 Property Lost

    Why haven't you gone to the city yourself?

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    Default Re: Rental Unit Flooded and Over $20000 Property Lost

    Always thought landlord want to go together as he has claims for his property damage (carpet, furnace and heater replacement). So was waiting for him but he seems busy all the times.

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    Default Re: Rental Unit Flooded and Over $20000 Property Lost

    I would worry about my own property and let the landlord worry about his.

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