I fixed the leak in my kitchen sink without calling a certified plumber and my landlord wants to evict me for it, what should I do?

I fixed the leak in my kitchen sink without calling a certified plumber and my landlord wants to evict me for it, what should I do?

Apologize and offer to pay the cost of having a plumber come over to check and quite possibly correct or redo the repair you did.

Your lease almost certainly specifies that repairs are the landlord’s obligation, and that you are not allowed to undertake any yourself (or hire someone) without
their knowledge and consent. Even if the repair was needed because you or a guest caused the damage, making you financially responsible under the lease,
you would still need to go through the landlord.

When you “fix” something without their consent, you are technically vandalizing the property, and we tend to take a dim view of that.

Most tenants are not qualified to fix plumbing issues or patch holes in the wall. The best case scenario is that they do not make the problem worse, but they
often do. Responsible homeowners use professional contractors who are licensed and insured for a reason, but it’s even more important for landlords as we have to meet a higher standard.

All you did was fix a leak, but it falls in the same category of “fixes” that caused structural damage, created fire hazards, or led to rejected insurance claims.

Assuming that your repair attempt violated the lease (a fair assumption since your landlord can have you evicted over it), your landlord is probably concerned that you might cause other problems in the future.
You should have known better, and if you are anything like the tenants I’ve dealt with, you weren’t entirely unaware that you should have gone through your landlord. You might have gone ahead and done it because you didn’t want to wait, you didn’t want your
landlord to have a reason to come in and see
whatever mess you wanted to hide, or you might have hoped that your landlord would feel obligated to pay you or give you a discount on next month’s rent.

All of the above are troubling, and it’s not any better if you simply didn’t know. You should have known, and your landlord will be worrying about what other damage you might do. You violated the contract
between the two of you, and you did so in a way that could have destroyed the building or cost him thousands of dollars, do eviction is entirely fair.

I have had to demand that tenants who decided to remodel the bathroom and have new floors installed vacate the property. The work was actually acceptable, but just couldn’t take the chance thatvthetd do
something else.

They were extremely upset as they
felt that they deserved to be compensated for the time and money they had spent, and it was that attitude that gave me no choice but to ask them to leave.

Theirs was such an egregious violation because of the extent, but had it been a smaller “repair” from a tenant who accepted responsibility, I would likely have accepted their apology and let them stay, if they
had paid for the contractor to fix whatever they had done.

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