Man Living Under Leaky Roof To Keep Paying Daughter's Tuition

Man Living Under Leaky Roof To Keep Paying Daughter's Tuition
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POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 6:44pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 10:08am

EL PASO - Parents make sacrifices to pay for their child's education, but for one man that means living in bad conditions. The roof in his apartment is caving in, and his landlord can't seem to get it fixed. Now he's sticking it out to pay for his daughters tuition.

"I'm scared that the roof may come down," Fernando Casas said.

For nearly four months, Mr. Casas has been sleeping under a roof that drips nasty yellow water and looks like it's about to cave in.

"I really hope they do something, because if I have to move somewhere else, it has to be something less expensive than here or I don't know," Casas said.

Several people own the condo complex that Mr. Casas lives in, and that's where the problem starts. To fix the leaky roof, everyone needs to agree on the project.

"I'm not responsible if they have to talk to the others so they can come to an agreement of fixing the whole roof. In the meantime, I'm suffering with this," he said.

Mr. Casas' landlord, one of the owners, lives in Mexico City. We spoke with her accountant who lives in El Paso. He claims, she's trying to fix the roof, but Mario Martinez, the condo association president, is holding up the project by not signing off on it. We called Martinez, but he refused to talk with us or answer any of our questions. In fact, he hung up on us. So until he decides to answer someone, Mr. Casas is stuck sleeping with a bucket next to his pillow. Mr. Casas says at one point an employee of his landlord told him he might as well move out, but it's between finding a new place or paying for his daughter's tuition, so he's staying put.

"I have a daughter in college. I have to pay big tuitions and I have other expenses. Believe me, to go somewhere else where I have to pay $100 or $150 more than here is very, very hard for me," Casas said.

In the meantime, we called the El Paso Apartment Association to see what Mr. Casas, or people in similar situations, can do. They said, unfortunately nothing. We're told a landlord can't be forced to make repairs, especially if they're waiting on permission from an association.
 

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My heart goes out to this very responsible parent who is helping his child thru college. I had a case where my apartment's flat roof was repaired but kept leaking: I finally moved. The owners need to do the right thing and have the roof repaired. Otherwise, mold and mildew may invade the roof of the entire complex. Can a City or County Health Inspector be called in to assess that yellow water that's dripping? Take pictures or videos of the roof in case you have to sue them.

If i were this man i would stop paying rent until the leaky ceiling gets repaired. =D..... Sue me! See what happens.

YA SUE HIM!!! THAT'S IT!! LETS SUE EVERYBODY YES!! THAT'S ALWAYS THE ANSWER..SUE THE VATO AND LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS..HOW ABOUT U DON'T LIKE WHERE U LIVE THEN MOVE..IT'S EASY..THE KNOB EITHER TURNS LEFT OR RIGHT..POP SMOKE!! KICK ROCKS!! WHATEVER IS CLEVER AY!!

The city needs to be involved there might be structural damage and it may be a hazard.

He needs to get an attorney who will accept the case on a contingent basis. Nothing else will make these people budge. If I were he, I wouldn't hesitate. What if the owners were living in such a condition? They wouldn't stand for it!

Sounds like this apartment complex needs the assistance of a Public Adjuster who might be able to assist in organizing an insurance claim with their insurance as well as finding a contractor to help them get the work done. Look up Q.U.E.S.T LLC under the BBB website under the Adjuster heading. Call, it might be as simple as having the right person to organize and get this project done. Sounds like a leaky roof or ruptured pipes?

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