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Events February 1, 2016 at 7:38 am

Help with Tenant law? Is this legal?

Hi guys!

My roommate and I have shared an English Basement in Petworth for over a year now. However, our apartment recently flooded due to a drainage problem. It cost almost $3000 to clean and repair and now our landlords are trying to charge us the costs of the damage.

They are claiming that it stemmed from flushing tampons (which I seriously doubt for many reasons). And citing the abnormal usage part of our lease to justify this charge.

What do you think? Is the law on our side on this one? What steps can we take to protect ourselves?

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You may be able to get advice on this issue at the DC Bar’s Advice and Referral Clinic, which is being held next Saturday at Bread for the City locations in DC. At this event, attorneys provide free legal advice on issues like tenant law. It starts at around 9:30 and goes until 1:00. You will be assigned an attorney who can help you. I think it’s on a walk-in basis, so arrive early.

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