How much notice is my landlord suppose to give for water shut off?
My landlord said she knocked at my door at 9am this morning but I was sleeping with my 4 month old baby (since I am up most of the night, I sleep in). At 10:00 am when I woke up the water was shut off. I have not been able to wash dishes from last night, baby bottles, flush the toilet or even brush my teeth. They are re- modeling their daughters apartment next door (completely new bathroom). I asked the construction worker and he said it would only be 30 minutes, it has now been a little over an hour. Is this even legal? Aren’t they suppose to give me a notice of some sort.
Edit : I wasn’t asking to sue them or even make a complain it was just a simple question and I got 90% stupid answers. Everyone could’ve just said the answer “24 hours”. It’s not my fault most of you are miserable and want to argue with a random person on the internet. Thanks
- Anonymous1 month ago
The amount of notice that they HAVE to give from a legal point of view is going to vary depending on your location which you didn't give.
- StephenWeinsteinLv 71 month ago
Even after the water is shut off, most toilets will flush once (using the water that is left in the toilet tank). That should be enough, because you usually shouldn't need to flush more than once an hour.
- Christin KLv 71 month ago
He did try to notify you. You were asleep. You didn't get the notice. The workmen have to do what they have to do--and it's honestly not that much of an inconvenience. Get some bottled water and cope.
- linkus86Lv 71 month ago
Where I live there is no law on required notice for a temporary shut off, thus any notice is gratuitous. Sorry for your inconvenience, but we don't live in a vacuum so we can't have a reasonable expectation for everything to remain the same 100% of the time.
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- curtisports2Lv 71 month ago
For a planned shut off, generally 24 hours advance notice is customary (though it varies by state). For an unplanned shut off, as much advance notice as possible. No one knows if the shut off was planned or not. Very possible that the contractor doing the work did not expect to have to shut the water off to the entire house - many bathrooms have shutoffs for fixtures so the main doesn't need to be turned off - and ran into a problem and needed to shut off the main.
An expected time of 30 minutes and it's only a little over an hour and you jump on the internet suggests you have a very low patience level.
- babyboomer1001Lv 71 month ago
They tried to give you notice. You didn't answer the door. They have the right to shut it off for maintenance, repairs, renovation, etc. For much longer than that. Patience is a virtue.Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
- Brian McilweeLv 51 month ago
Supposed to be 24 hour written notice in most of the USA
- LollyLv 71 month ago
It depends on your state. Where I live it's 24 hours unless it's an emergency.
- A HunchLv 71 month ago
They tried to provide notice but you didn't answer the door.
Even if it's part of a remodel or not, it could have been unplanned.
- SlickterpLv 71 month ago
Depends on why. IN this case, it was predictable, so should have been 24 hours notice.