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.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 33558

Reported Deaths: 2110
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9616571
Lake3538185
Cass15897
Allen145168
St. Joseph124834
Elkhart116328
Hendricks116171
Hamilton115693
Johnson1093108
Madison58559
Porter51627
Bartholomew50034
Clark49241
LaPorte42423
Howard39526
Tippecanoe3903
Jackson3791
Delaware37736
Shelby36822
Hancock32728
Floyd31839
Boone30935
Morgan27824
Vanderburgh2652
Montgomery23517
White2318
Decatur22431
Clinton2231
Noble21121
Grant20621
Harrison19221
Dubois1923
Henry16910
Greene16824
Monroe16612
Warrick16628
Dearborn16621
Vigo1648
Lawrence15423
Miami1411
Putnam1367
Jennings1304
Orange12522
Scott1193
Kosciusko1111
Franklin1098
Ripley1086
Carroll922
Marshall901
Daviess8516
Steuben812
Newton7710
Wayne776
Fayette767
Wabash762
LaGrange712
Jasper651
Washington521
Jay500
Fulton481
Clay471
Rush462
Randolph463
Pulaski460
Jefferson431
Whitley393
Starke363
Sullivan341
Owen341
Brown331
DeKalb331
Perry310
Benton300
Knox290
Wells280
Huntington272
Tipton251
Crawford240
Blackford242
Fountain202
Switzerland200
Spencer191
Parke170
Posey160
Gibson142
Adams131
Ohio130
Warren121
Martin110
Vermillion100
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0164
West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 73°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 70°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 70°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 70°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 71°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 68°
Frankfort
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 72°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 71°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 71°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 70°
Cooler, less humid weather ahead by the weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events