Mid-South family fed up after bedroom ceiling collapses - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South family fed up after bedroom ceiling collapses

(Photo Source: Amanda Lancaster) (Photo Source: Amanda Lancaster)

What started three weeks ago as a small leak in a bedroom ceiling turned into a big, gaping hole in an apartment's roof.

Tenant Robert Williams says repair crews finally arrived Monday to begin fixing the hole in his ceiling.

"The roof is leaking, and then we couldn't get the people over here in time," said Williams. "They said it wasn't in their budget to fix the roof so basically it was raining in our apartment the whole time it was raining."

For Williams and his fiancee, the final straw came when a big chunk of the roof collapsed in their bedroom while they were sleeping Friday morning.

Williams and his fiancee say they are fed up and want to be let out of their lease and get their deposit back on their apartment.

According to the "Renter's Bill of Rights," it appears that while the landlord is responsible for repairing the roof, the law doesn't designate how soon a landlord should get the work done.

The landlord can also make the argument that he can't do the work until the weather is nice. As long as the landlord eventually takes care of the repairs, the landlord is within the law.

Although Williams is happy that maintenance workers are finally trying to fix the problem, he says it's time for him and his family to move.

To read the Renter's Bill of Rights as compiled by WMC Action News 5's Andy Wise, click here.

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