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  • Last February (11 months ago) we had an amazing amount of snowfall. The gutter froze up, and the heat from the house melted the snow on the flat roof until it found a way inside -- right into my bedroom.

    I quickly woke up, moved out the computer, folded up the futon, and got all the rest of my stuff outta the way, and put a garbage can under it.

    A call to the landlord determines that there's nothing he can do.. just wait it out.

    Several hours later there's a _tremendous_ crash up there -- we thought my other roomie had knocked over one or both of his little square refrigerators he keeps in his room. But no, it was my ceiling. _Three whole entire sheet-rock panels fell_ and smashed their contents all around the room.

    It is now 11 months later, and while the roof was patched with tar twice over the spring and summer, it still leaks. The ceiling has never been repaired yet. (Granted the landlord fell and broke his neck in two places over the summer but he still coulda hired someone -- hell *I* even offered to fix it.)

    A court dispute with the landlord over the amount of our paid rent resulted in the judge finding in _our_ favor on Dec 30th. Since then, _still_ nothing has been done about it.

    At least I've saved a crapload of money, although I've since moved into the front bedroom when another roomie finally vacated the place. Why are we still here? Well it's basically a choice between taking a chance of getting another hard-ass for a landlord (like my previous ones which were a 'management company' that you couldn't even reason with), or sticking with an incredibly laid back landlord.

    Frankly I'll take these problems over the annoyance of trying to find another landlord.

    (Not to mention MOVING. Gah!)
    • You had it considerably worse than me. In my case, it was not a leak in the roof. I am on the 4th floor. Above me is not the roof but another floor with all those things that are usually situated in the basement such as washkitchens etc. (but there is no room due to a massive heating system that essentially occupies the whole basement).

      And because we have underfloor heating, all the regular water pipes are in the ceiling so if one breaks water comes in from above.

      Anyway, a plumber seems to have fixed the