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Landlord won't pay for temp housing after pipe bursts in apartment

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(KMOV) -- A Shiloh, Ill., woman came home to find her apartment flooded from a broken water pipe and the repairs could take weeks, but her landlord said she is on her own to find new housing.

Lateshia Jackson’s apartment is a mess. The carpet and linoleum has been ripped out, the subflooring is water logged and the dry wall is coming out soon. All of this is because of a broke water pipe in the bathroom. Crews had to pump 150 gallons of water out of her apartment.

The landlord is repairing the damage promptly, but is not offering temporary housing. That isn’t sitting well with Jackson.

“I told him I don’t have the money to put up in a hotel for a whole month. I already paid you my rent on time,” Jackson said.

The landlord said he will pro rate the rent, but feels he has no responsibility to provide temporary housing. Insurance professionals News 4 talked to said he isn’t required to and that the best way to avoid disputes like this is to make sure renters have rental insurance.

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