pressure system well went dry,tenants don't have water,owner will not replace well. What to do next.

tenants are in their 80's. have one handicapped adult son.Owner told well drilling company he will not have new well put in. owner lives in another state. this is in the country.
In General Area - Asked by Hazel J. - Oct 5, 2014
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Curtis E.
Golden Meadow, LA

You cannot force the owner to fix well. if this is a lease , then check the wording on the lease. You may be able to have compensation for this. If you you are renting month to month, then there probably is nothing to do but move on or have the well fixed yourself with some type of agreement with the owner.

Oct 6, 2014
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Dorothy E.
Santa Rosa, CA

Gentleman below is quite right. Older owners may not have the financials to do the repairs.

Oct 8, 2014
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Chris R.
Denton, TX

A lot will depend on the wording of the lease and who is obligated to provide the water and what the lease language says if the utilities are interrupted. There may be cause for the lease to be terminated and other damages. An attorney likely is in order to assist in this matter. A tenant COULD negotiate to make the repairs and/or drill a new well, etc. in return for some rent concessions.

Oct 14, 2014
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Scott R.
Laguna Hills, CA

Check the state laws regarding an implied warranty of habitability. Without running water the property could be considered uninhabitable and the cost to repair too great for the tenant to take on the repair. It may be you can send the owner a correct or release letter.
I suggest you contact support groups for the elderly in the area to see if you can find a pro bono attorney. It will be easy for the attorney to check the law and lease and fire off a threatening letter to the owner to correct the defect or release the tenant from the lease.

Oct 17, 2014
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