08:09AM | 01/14/02
Member Since: 01/13/02
4 lifetime posts
I'll try not to make this too long. I am a tenant in a building in downtown Boston. About two weeks ago I found a leak in my ceiling in my room right above my bed. I called my landlord and informed him of the problem. He stated that he was already aware of a similar problem with a neighbor and he called a contractor. The contractor, in turn said that because of the snowy and rainy weather we are having he can't do too much with the roof. Therefore, I had to wait a couple of days for dry weather. Two nights ago it was snowing very heavily and the leak became even worse. I want to complain to my landlord but first I need to know if there is actually a viable solution to fixing the leak just by touching the ceiling. The weather is still a little wet and going to the roof might not be an option. Is there an alternate, temporary solution to stopping the leak indoors?
Thank you,

Jay J

09:32AM | 01/14/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Yossi,

No, to be quite simple. If the source of the leak is known AND it's not fixable until it dries out, all you'd do is put a 'bandaid' on the problem. My suggestion is that you move OUT of that room and/or cover anything you've left inside of it. At the same time, make sure you Renters Content Insurance is up to date. I would doubt that you'd see 1 cent from the Landlord if the roof caved in and damaged your 'stuff'.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


06:51AM | 01/15/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Yossi, it sounds like what you're asking for is a band aid to you get by and keep you dry until the contractor can do the "real" fix.
Is there any way you can simply go into the attic and place a bucket or other container under the leak? (I assume it's a slow drip and would not fill a bucket anytime soon.)


07:35AM | 01/15/02
Member Since: 01/13/02
4 lifetime posts
Yes, in a way I am looking for a quick solution since not much can be done on the roof at the present moment. The thing is that it is a building and I don't have access to the roof so there's not much I can do myself. Is there any material which I can tape to the ceiling? Something that hold for a little while and then I can put a new layer on> In a way, a band-aid.



08:34AM | 01/15/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Yossi,
I've read the posts and have come to the conclusion that Jay-J has the best answer. Also, if you do move out of that room, ask your landlord to prorate the loss of the space on your rent. I bet he'll get a contractor to do a quick fix then.
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