Preventing problems for those who are renting

Leaky pipes in a Lafayette apartment are causing a major headache for one renter, but this could have been avoided according to the property manager.

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018 12:17 PM
Updated: Feb. 20, 2018 1:44 PM

Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI) — Leaky pipes in a Lafayette apartment are causing a major headache for one renter. There are steps he could have taken avoid his current problem and you can prevent this from happening to you.

Dolan Bennett has lived in his apartment at Bridgewater Court Apartments for about six years. He said those who manage the property neglected to fix an issue that caused a hole in his ceiling. The property manager said otherwise.

"I just want this done. I want to get paid for my furniture," said Bennett. "I want this done. This is their negligence not mines."


Bennett is getting ready to move out of his Bridgewater Court apartment in Lafayette. It's run by Consolidated Property Management.

"I haven't really had any problems with this apartment since I've been here," Bennett said. "I keep it in good shape."

But that all changed about one week ago.

"I was laying right there on the couch and all of a sudden boom," Bennett explained. "The whole ceiling caved in. The white stuff and all that stuff caved in."

He made an emergency maintenance call to report the issue. He said the water from the ceiling damaged his couch and speakers.

"They told me there wasn't nothing they could do," Bennett said. "I should have had home renters insurance."

He said the management company is negligent because he reported the leak in the ceiling about a month ago. Property manager Ashley Randall said the leak was not previously reported.

"No absolutely nothing," Randall said. "It would have been taken care of."

She adds they are not responsible for the damage to his property, "Because stated in our lease it does clearly outline that the tenants are responsible to obtain a renters insurance policy on their own to protect his or her belongings in the event such as this."

She said this information was in the lease Bennett signed.

"Any accidental damage done to the unit caused by bursting or leaking of a water pipe, gas pipe sewage pipe or anything of that nature would be covered under that policy," said Randall.

She said this is not the first time something like this has happened and it probably will not be the last. Randall hopes she can prevent this from happening to other people by encouraging them to get renters insurance.

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