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My son just moved into a rental property 10 days ago, on 9/26/16 the kitchen sink clogged and over flowed.  When he finally got in touch with the complex manager they sent a plumber to unclog the sink.  Well on Tuesday when he arrived home from work the kitchen was flooded again. The complex manager then advised him to speak with someone else, which he did.  When he arrived home from work on Wednesday there were men in his apartment with digging in the floors with jack hammers.  He was not notified that anyone would be given access to his apartment nor that there would be grave size holes in his kitchen and living room floors.  He is the single parent of a 14 year daughter that sometimes has to return home from school alone.  Also, he works a second job which he has to report to at 11:00pm.  The workers wanted to work in his apartment all night.  He made them leave. The holes go all the way through the ground to the pipes underground, now he is afraid that rodents will enter his apartment.  My questions:  since he has only been in this apartment for 10 days, is this cause for him to break his lease and should the complex owners be held responsible for replacing his dishes that were damaged, feeding him and his daughter since the use of the kitchen was taken away, and should they be required to either move him to another apartment or putting him up in a hotel or motel until the work is complete?  The workmen informed him that they don't know how long this will take since the problem is underground.

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The onsite manager was no help at all,  never answers the phone.  We had initially had a problem finding out who the actual owners are being that this is a large apartment complex.  After contacting the local Department of Revenue I found that the property is listed as owned by an individual but under a trust company.  My son has sent an email and is now waiting on a response. 

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2 hours ago, dma0613 said:

is this cause for him to break his lease

 

No.

 

 

2 hours ago, dma0613 said:

should the complex owners be held responsible for replacing his dishes that were damaged

 

Not unless an employee or agent of the landlord broke them.

 

 

2 hours ago, dma0613 said:

feeding him and his daughter since the use of the kitchen was taken away, and should they be required to either move him to another apartment or putting him up in a hotel or motel until the work is complete?

 

I'm not sure why the kitchen being "taken away" should obligate the landlord to "feed" them.  However, it sounds like the work effectively renders the apartment unhabitable such that the landlord ought to be obligated to pay for alternate accommodations until they can get back in.

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On ‎9‎/‎29‎/‎2016 at 6:44 AM, dma0613 said:

should the complex owners be held responsible for replacing his dishes that were damaged, feeding him and his daughter since the use of the kitchen was taken away, and should they be required to either move him to another apartment or putting him up in a hotel or motel until the work is complete?

 

If your son has renter's insurance, the plumbing problem might have activated the Additional Living Expenses coverage. Does he have it.

 

Anyway, the MO landlord tenant statute may have remedies. Check it out at:

 

http://law.justia.com/codes/missouri/2015/title-xxix/chapter-441/

 

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Hi @dma0613

 

Welcome to the community and thanks for posting! Sorry to hear about your son's situation! You've gotten some great input from the community. We have some helpful materials on this topic that your son may want to check out:

 

Your son may want to start by setting forth in writing his concerns (including the entry with no notice), and formally requesting reimbursement for his expenses. If this fails, he may wish to speak with a landlord/tenant attorney.

 

Best of luck and keep us posted!

The FindLaw.com Team

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