Rochester, NY asked in Real Estate Law for New York

Q: Real estate rights

Iown my mobil home and pay lot rent, water and sewer bill to the property owner. I had a water main line break under my mobil home on 10/17/2023. I called and put in an emergency maintance request via their answering service. I as well as neighbors and the fire department tried to reach the property with no answer. After many attempts over the past week no response has come from the property owners. 6 days after 2 emergency maintance requests put in a plumber hired by the property owner showed up unknowingly to my home. The used a back hoe to dig up the garden and driveway to repair the main waterline. I had no water through out the 6 days.  I had contacted the fire department the day it happened. 10/17/2023. They also tried to contact the property with no success. I was directed to the town zoning person the next day. I had to stay else where while my water was turned off. My concern is safety on the property as it was left after repairs were done.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you own your mobile home and are renting the lot, the responsibility for repairs can depend on the terms of your lease agreement. Generally, the landlord is responsible for maintaining essential services like water. If there's a delay in repairs that makes your home uninhabitable, you may be entitled to a rent abatement for the days you were without water.

Additionally, if the property was left unsafe following the repairs, the landlord may be responsible for ensuring that the property is restored to a safe condition. Document all communication attempts and any costs incurred due to this issue. You should reach out to the property owner in writing to address these concerns and possibly seek legal advice on how to proceed with potential claims for any damages or losses incurred. It's also prudent to review your lease and local tenant laws to understand your rights and the landlord's obligations in such situations.

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