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Who is entitled to pay for the plumbing charges?

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Dec 23, 2019
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Who is entitled to pay for the plumbing charges?

Two days ago my kitchen sink of the basement I am tenant of got clogged for some reason. The location it got clogged was where pipe from my basement joined with pipe from landlord upstairs. So, whenever they were draining anything in their kitchen sink it was all coming up my kitchen sink and getting overflown. Hence, me and the landlord were both unable to use the kitchen sink for two days.

They called the plumber to take care of the issue the day after. Which was taken care of and the plumber stated that there was a massive food clog after the junction on two pipes (about 25 feet ahead of my kitchen u-bend).

Now they are pinning it on me that it got clogged because of us. so we pay for the fixes, which I denied as it the landlord's responsibility and nothing happened on our side either. So I am just doing a sanity check that I am not entitled to pay for any fixes, right?

For the record, there is no lease agreement whatsoever. Its just a plain first of the month rental scheme.

tl;dr: Kitchen pipes got clogged after the junction of pipes from the basement that I am renting and the landlord upstairs. Am I even obligated to pay anything for the repair? since, its landlord's responsibility to get it fixed.
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The landlord is entirely responsible.
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Landlord, always
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Tell him to go pound salt. Landlord`s resonsibility
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Hilarious

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Red_Army wrote: Landlord, always
Just curious if you're saying this because it's impossible to determine who is at fault (so tenant gets the benefit of the doubt, obviously).

But would you also say this if the pipe was clogged in a place that could only come from the rented unit, by a thing that should not have been flushed/sent down (plastic knife, whig, toy, ...)?
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Landlord, you simply rent
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FrancisBacon wrote: Just curious if you're saying this because it's impossible to determine who is at fault (so tenant gets the benefit of the doubt, obviously).

But would you also say this if the pipe was clogged in a place that could only come from the rented unit, by a thing that should not have been flushed/sent down (plastic knife, whig, toy, ...)?
Well of course,this wasn’t the case here though
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If I am reading this right the landlord lives above you. The landlord called the plumber. And the plumber is expecting you to pay their bill?

Seems pretty scummy for the landlord to have the plumber try to force you to pay. The landlord pays the plumber. The landlord can attempt, if legal, to seek reimbursement from you. To me if it's a shared drain they have to establish who was at fault. Good luck with that - that would be next to impossible.
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Entitled means privilege. Should be obligatec
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It cracks me up when landlords try and pull off this kind of thing.
Tell him/her to take a flying f*** at the moon. And also to them to stop dumping grease down the drain.

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