Any legal experts know how to deal with this one:
My downstairs neighbour has water leaking through his ceiling.
A few months ago the builders (I live in 2 year old apartment) came and resealed my bathroom.
But the water is still leaking.
Now he came to see me and told me that the builders want to come into my apartment and rip open the floor and check or replace the water pipes (‘only’ 2 weeks worth of work according to him).
I asked him why they don’t access the pipes through his ceiling, he told me that the pipes are closer to my floor, and that is what the builders want to do.
He also told me that he spoke to a lawyer who advised him that if I, or my landlady, refuse access we can be enforced to do so by law.
I spoke to the landlady, and she is pissed, apparently he had the same problem when she was living there (about 1 year ago), and the builders already came in and ripped open the floor and did something to the pipes.
She also told me that there are two sets of pipes, on top of each other.
My suggestion to him was that the builders now rip open his ceiling and check the pipes close to his ceiling. This led to a sudden decrease in his English ability, as suddenly he could not understand me, and the conversation thus ended.
What really pisses me off is his attitude about it all. He asked his lawyer what he could do to make me provide access to the apartment. He forgot to ask what my rights would be. Like, is the builder going to pay for me to stay in a hotel for 2 weeks? What are their responsibilities?
I did suggest that if it really did come to the crunch I would have to stay in his spare bedroom. But, there is really no point in using sarcasm with the Taiwanese.
Any info, experiences etc?