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septic smell

Posted by jenn on October 16, 2001 at 02:00:54:

Hi, I am a tenant in upstate NY with a difficult problem. I live in a house that has had septic problems for several months now, ie. sewage backing up into the bathroom, etc. My landlord finally had the septic replaced (it was 60 years old) and we've now developed a septic smell in the house eminating from the same bathroom. My landord lives a distance away, but was visiting for several months over the summer. I explained the problem to him and he came to check it out. He said that he didn't think that it was septic, rather he believed it to be a dead animal. Now I've lived in the country all my life and I know what dead animal smells like. This was not. This was septic gas. But he's proved time and time again to err on the side of saving money. Now he's gone, and I'm left with a house that smells almost umbearable. What legal recourse do I have with regards to a lease. We've signed a lease that allows for a two month notice. But with this smell, I'm having trouble even going inside. No family or friends in the area. Please advise with any suggestions or ideas. Thank you.

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