A couple of weeks ago my apartment flooded due to a leaky pipe upstairs. Luckily none of my stuff was damaged, but they had to bring in three huge blowers and a de-humidifier to dry out my carpet and the walls. They all ran without interruption for five days.
My question is this: Since the damage was to the apartment’s property, not mine, and since the damage was not my fault, am I within my rights to expect the apartment company to reimburse me for the electricity it took to power those huge appliances for nearly a week?
I’m sure my electric bill will be much higher than normal due to this problem, and it seems on a ‘gut check’ level that it’s not right to make me pay to run the equipment to fix a problem with their property. Obviously, IANAL, but I wonder if there’s any legal reason why they should have to pay it.
I did read my lease and it doesn’t really speak to this kind of issue, and I couldn’t get any hits in the archive. I’m googling as we speak, but does anyone have any experience in this area? What did you say to get the apartment to pony up for part of your electric bill? How hard did they fight?