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Sunkist

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A number of situations have been bad enough, but what really gets me is the ongoing refrain that nobody is responsible for anything.  I'm posting to ask if anyone here knows the facts.  (if it's relevant, this is Iowa).

One example:  not long after the original landlords sold the apartment complex, my apartment began leaking.  Eventually it escalated into all-out flooding- water gushing in, & at times there was nearly a foot of water on the floor before it soaked down into the flooring.  The consistent moisture resulted in gnats, maggots, and mold.  Nearly everything I owned was destroyed from water, moisture, & mold.  Making matters worse, there was almost no ventilation-  in the entire apartment, there were only 2 windows that opened.  It was an unhealthy, unsafe environment. 

What I did:  As soon as the leaking began, I notified the property manager.  I continued to update him as the problems worsened.  While the problems were so bad that it was basically useless, I often ran the heat full-blast to try to dry the carpets, and used large amounts of carpet deodorizing products, air fresheners, and bug sprays.  I also continued to pay rent every month for an apartment that no reasonable person would consider fit to live in, as I couldn't afford to move nor risk getting evicted.  I also asked the manager if I could move to a different apartment within the complex, but he never got back to me about it.

What he did:  For around 6 months, he replied to my requests for assistance by saying someone would be out to check on the situation;  no one ever showed up.  For around 3+ more months, he didn't reply at all.  So there was nothing I could do but remain in the apartment for more than 9 months, until a new management company took over and helped me move.  For much of that time, my teenager was also living in the apartment. 
During the entire time this property manager was in charge, no one ever came to the apartment to check the situation, much less do anything about it. 

When the next manager took over, though, she said 'landlords are not responsible for tenants' losses.'  Is this true when all the losses and complications were 100% due to the first manager not doing his job? 
When I was finally able to locate contact info for the actual owner, I sent him a detailed letter but never received a reply. 

Does anyone here have facts, opinions, or advice?
dishrodger

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if this is true, I would sue.    normally the LL would not be responsible, but letting it go that long is crazy
Sunkist

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What you're saying is it wasn't his fault that the leaking started, but it was his responsibility to do something about it, instead of ignoring me and letting it escalate, right? 
That's the way I'd look at it.
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yes
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