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Back in April, my husband moved to Paris and used an agency to find us an apartment. In July he was away on a business trip. When he returned, he found out that the tenant above us had left a faucet running an entire weekend, causing major damage to the ceiling in our master bed room. The plaster and paint had fallen on our bed. The door jam was (and still is) warped and cracked, as is the wall. We had to move all the furniture into the much smaller second bed room, piling stuff upon stuff and have dehumidifiers installed temporarily to combat the quickly growing mildew and mold.
Here it is, October, and the tenant's and our land lord's insurance agents have yet to come to an agreement over costs and repairs. The landlord refuses to reduce our rent despite us being unable to use the master bed room. We're crammed into a much smaller bed room, furniture piled up everywhere.
We liked this apartment a lot for its location and views. But we'll be here in Paris for at least another 18 more months. That's why we're looking at other apartments tomorrow.
Is it commonplace in France to have to wait so long for something like this to be settled? If it's taken so long just for the insurance to be settled, it makes us wonder just how long it could be before any repairs start? And how long can repair and restoration take?
We've lived overseas before so we understand that things will be different than what we are used to. We just don't know what our recourse is.. or if we even have any.
 

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You're in a rather sticky situation here, as it sounds very much as if the neighbor is the one responsible for paying for any damage repair. Arguments between insurance companies can go on for a LONG time.

Have you contacted your insurance about this to see what they have to say? (They don't have to pay, but they might be able to push the other two parties toward some sort of agreement or give you some sort of practical options.)
Cheers,
Bev
 

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You're in a rather sticky situation here, as it sounds very much as if the neighbor is the one responsible for paying for any damage repair. Arguments between insurance companies can go on for a LONG time.

Have you contacted your insurance about this to see what they have to say? (They don't have to pay, but they might be able to push the other two parties toward some sort of agreement or give you some sort of practical options.)
Cheers,
Bev
We did and they said it's not their problem and to take it up with the other tenants' insurance.
 
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