We have rain, and I have a leak...

United States
January 10, 2017 12:04pm CST
The house we live in belongs to my dads mother, we pay her rent. The mother has dementia very bad, so the sister is the executor and makes all decisions. Let her know this morning, we have a big leak in the bedroom. She told us know one can come out until the rain stops.. Well that could be days from now...She never hires a professional, it is just cheap labor.. I guess they can't even come and put a tarp up to stop this leak. Not happy this morning, never rent from family , just saying they don't do repairs, like they should for family. I know people love the rain, we need it, but something always happens around here when it rains. ********************************************************************************** Update- The handy man was sent out yesterday and he patched up the leak. The next rain fall is next week, so we hope he fixed it all. He will be doing work at my grandmother's home next as she has a lot of leaking.
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@moffittjc (44697)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Jan 17
I have discovered a tiny leak in my ceiling in my bedroom, but it hasn't been enough of a leak to drip water into the room. It kind of just soaks a little small spot of the drywall on the ceiling (causing a small stain of course). I've had roofers try twice (unsuccessfully) to find and fix the leak. Nobody seems to know where the water is entering the house from. I have big cathedral ceilings, so it is making it hard to pinpoint where the water is coming from.
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• United States
23 Jan 17
that is too bad, I really wish they could find it for you, before it becomes bigger.
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@moffittjc (44697)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 yeah, eventually it's going to soften the drywall on the ceiling and cause it to deteriorate to the point where it will come through. It will be easy to patch though, if we can eventually find the source of the leak.
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• United States
23 Jan 17
@moffittjc I guess because of your high ceilings makes it more difficult.
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@JudyEv (130646)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Jan 17
It would be awful trying to live with a leaking roof. I hope it has been fixed properly.
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• United States
20 Jan 17
The whole roof needs to be done, but he only patched it, the carpet is still soaked, and the ceiling needs some repair.
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@JudyEv (130646)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 There is nothing worse than wet carpet as generally it begins to smell after a while.
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• United States
22 Jan 17
@JudyEv , yes, that is exactly what happened, it has a odor
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@Brittnyrose (1457)
• Aberdeen, North Carolina
10 Jan 17
That's sad. They could at least cover it for you guys..It's always family that will get over on you because they feel they can just because your family. Sometimes you have to put your foot down.
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• United States
10 Jan 17
I know but not much we can do we had some other big issues and she didn't take care of them, like she should have.
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• Aberdeen, North Carolina
10 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 they should step up and do their part. Hopefully things get better for you guys.
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• United States
10 Jan 17
@Brittnyrose , I sure hope so... tonight,we are supposed to have a thunderstorm, so fingers crossed
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@DianneN (82574)
• United States
10 Jan 17
A tarp would certainly help prevent the leaking. I hope you don't need a new roof. I certainly would never rent from family, nor borrow, because you never know what could happen.
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• United States
10 Jan 17
We are hear for several reasons, one of them being it was closer for my dad to take care of his mother, to help his sister out.
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@DianneN (82574)
• United States
10 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 I understand.
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• United States
10 Jan 17
@DianneN thank you
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@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
30 Jan 17
I think you better start the search for a better place to rent. It is hard to get relative to do anything to make the house in a more livable condition.
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• United States
30 Jan 17
we really can't right now, we need to be where we are 2 doors down from my dads mother, she needs a lot of help.
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@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
30 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 Is there a way for you to buy over the house and land, and then tear down the house for re-buildling?
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• United States
30 Jan 17
@scheng1 , no you couldn't tear it down here, you would have to do all the repairs, for all the repairs, would be big, big money , we don't have. No if something happens to my grandmother, this house becomes my aunts home, my grandmother left her the property in a "will"long ago
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• Preston, England
29 Jan 17
hope all the leaks are healed - glad to say my renting is not from my family - I like my independence there
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• United States
30 Jan 17
if not for my grandmother, we wouldn't be here, she needs a lot of help because of her dementia
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• Preston, England
30 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 she is lucky to have you there to take care of her needs just now - good luck
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• United States
31 Jan 17
@arthurchappell thank you
@amadeo (70723)
• United States
10 Jan 17
I love the title.If they can read between the line there.
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• United States
10 Jan 17
lol
@amadeo (70723)
• United States
10 Jan 17
@CookieMonster46 guess no one else on this.Oh!where is my mind.LOL
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• United States
10 Jan 17
@amadeo I thought about it after , I hit post....lmao.... it is a matter of time before they start in
@sharon6345 (135919)
• United States
15 Feb 17
I have a housing voucher and we can't rent from family. What a great rule.
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• United States
15 Feb 17
that is a wonderful rule, and works much better.
@sharon6345 (135919)
• United States
15 Feb 17
@CookieMonster46 I think for your situation it one I would like as well.
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@Corbin5 (113412)
• United States
10 Jan 17
One would think a tarp could easily stop the leaking and that would not be a hard job to do. I think you are right about not renting from family since family members are easy to take advantage of.
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• United States
10 Jan 17
If the mother did not have dementia, she would have sent someone out, but the sister is in charge and does't like to spend money. She gambles a lot, so it would cut into her gambling money, that is part of the problem.
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@Corbin5 (113412)
• United States
10 Jan 17
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@KrauseHome (35526)
• United States
30 Jan 17
Living somewhere with leaks would not be good. Glad we have never encountered that anywhere especially when we rented.
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• United States
31 Jan 17
There is a duplex across the street from us, they had a new roof put on today, there were a lot of leaks in the building. The tenants were lucky that the owner took care of it right away, as he lives in a different state from his property.
@crossbones27 (20779)
• Redlands, California
27 Jan 17
Leaks suck and that is what we did put a tarp up because we do not have the money right now.
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• United States
28 Jan 17
it is costly and hopefully the tarp will help you
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@just4him (124348)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jan 17
I'm glad the leak was patched.
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• United States
28 Jan 17
me too
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• Preston, England
15 Jan 17
glad he was able to sort the leak out for you - hope things go more smoothly for you from here on in
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• United States
16 Jan 17
I hope so too
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Sounds like a horrible situation to be stuck in.
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• United States
11 Jan 17
It is
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@jaboUK (54872)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 17
Do you have a formal agreement naming you as tenants? If so, she is duty bound to put it right, just as she would have to for any other tenant.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
10 Jan 17
Technicians are usually more expensive if you call them when you are in need, they are probably trying to avoid the cost. What if you could hire someone and send them the bill?
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• United States
10 Jan 17
Well would be nice, but we can't do a thing with the expensive of it, and even if we gave her the bill she would not pay us back for it, She would just be glad we had it fixed and it would be on us. As it has bee for other things here. The previous tennants were not family that lived here and she didn't do work they needed so they moved out.
@nomus24g (24474)
• India
10 Jan 17
that's bad...u cant enjoy rains instead have to be worried for the leakages
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• United States
10 Jan 17
exactly... no fun here today
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• United States
10 Jan 17
Putting up a tarp would involve getting up on a wet roof, so that might be the issue, that's dangerous. Can you put a bucket or something to catch the water?
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• United States
10 Jan 17
we have several buckets out, we have several more days of rain here, with no break in the rain
@PatZAnthony (12871)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
22 Jan 17
A leak can be a terrible thing to deal with!
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
14 Jan 17
I guess it's much more awkward to rent from family. I do hope you can get a tarp soon so this can be sorted out.
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