From the Forum: Who Should Pay for Floor Repairs in a Rental Apartment?

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    A renter is looking for advice on dealing with severe floor issues in their apartment. The floor in one of the bedrooms is buckling so badly that the door will not close and the floor is unsafe to walk on. The landlord didn’t address the issue and the damage has now extended into the living room. The tenant contends that this is a building maintenance issue while the landlord claims the tenant caused the damage and will not do any repairs unless the tenant pays for new flooring.

    A lawyer advised the tenant to file a housing claim and a civil complaint. What else should they do to get the damage repaired by the landlord?

    Please chime in with any advice.


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