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Possible to cancel lease due to sanitation reasons

Old 05-31-2009 at 07:57 PM   #1
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Possible to cancel lease due to sanitation reasons
Hey, I have been living at my offcampus place since the beginning of May. On a few occassions I have noticed that sewage water comes out the shower drain. On one particular incident I noticed that as I fushed the toilet the contents which were flused came out the shower drain. I have told my landlord a few times but I am teird of this. Is there any way I can terminate my lease cause of this.
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Technically, you are in a legal contract that binds you for the duration of your lease. However, I'm pretty sure if you contacted the public health department in Hamilton they may be able to do something for you.

Also, contact the Off Campus Resource Center at Mac; they have years of experience in dealing with landlord-student conflict.
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hey mmal

Don't worry ... there is definitely a lot that you can do. You can contact the Hamilton public health department as lorend has mentioned. At the very least, you can inform your landlord that you are going to do so if the situation isn't dealt with. That should definitely kick their gears in motion as he would lose a huge source of revenue for a significant amount of time if the health department deems the house un-occupiable.

Either way, don't fret this too much. I know landlords like to hide behind their contracts but when it comes to stuff like this, YOU definitely have the upper hand.
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Thanks guys I am definately going to see mcmaster offcampus house and then contacting a health inspector.
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make sure you document what happens. take some pictures/video of the incidents of sewage water spewing out to strengthen your claim in case some iffiness ensues.

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