Toilet Flooded the House I am renting

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I dont know how it happened, but when my family and I got home, the home that we are renting was toilet flooded.  I turned off the water to the toilet that we deemed to be the problem and contacted my landlord.  The next morning a crew arrived and said it would be 4 days until anyone would be allowed back into the home.  The landlord has stated that his policy does not cover outside lodging for me and my family and that we would have to pay for the hotel ourselves.  There is no renters insurance coverage and the landlord has not even offered to cover or pro rate the days we were not able to live in the home.

Shouldnt a landlord have to pay for a toilet that did not shut off properly after it was flushed?  Isnt the landlord responsible for outside lodging while the home is being repaired if the repair did not arise from tenant actions/negligence?

The landlord has not been in the home, nor inspected or maintained for 7 months, could that be considered a breach thus entitling the renter to compensation for his/her displacement?

Edited on: Friday, July 6th, 2012 4:01 am
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