Landlord hasn’t repaired septic system

By tina

The leach field in our backyard started flooding during the summer.  We informed our landlord right away, so a few weeks later he sent out someone to inspect.  During this time our 3 children could not play in the backyard because it was not safe, and it smelled horrible.  The inspector determined that the entire sewer system would need to be replaced.  The cost would be between $15-$20 K.  We’ve asked the landlord about this several times since then and we always get the same response- "it’s going to cost a lot of money, so he is getting quotes from different people".  

Now it’s the end of October, and still the same problem.  We rent a 4 bedroom house on a 1 acre plot.  We pay $1500 for the house and land, but haven’t been able to use the majority of the yard.  And now winter is coming-what happens if the septic system stops working in the middle of it?
One other thing- after tropical storm Irene- we had a large tree fall on our detached garage and had 4 feet of flooding on the basement.  He did nothing about the flooding, so most likely there I mold growing or worse- structural damage.  Two weeks after the storm he finally cut the tree down, but it’s still laying across our side yard.  So now mpmy kids can’t play in the side yard!  This happened almost two months ago.
We don’t want to leave the house, but this is getting ridiculous.  There has to be something we can do- especially for the septic system issue.
What should we do?

Edited on: Thursday, September 12th, 2013 10:49 pm

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