We had a flood in the kitchen on Sunday morning. We've had alot of heavy rains lately and sometime between close of business on Saturday to when we arrived to open on Sunday the roof started leaking. It leaked into the kitchen so we delayed opening until the leaking was stopped and we could safely serve customers.
Our landlord is less than cooperative on a good day and I think he's being completely unreasonable in this instance. He insists that the drains were blocked on the roof by debris which he personally cleared and while he was up there he noticed that there is a part of the roof that is near our exhaust fan that was covered by a "plastic bag" that he since removed. He sent the owners an email stating this and that it is their responsibility to fix not his. I'm scratching my head on this one.. if we had a "plastic bag" up there wouldn't leaking have started sooner and the problem would be much worse than it currently is? We went through a summer with lots of heavy rains and then a fall with rain, winter with snow and melting snow, spring with some rain and just now we have a leak. Maybe I'm nuts but if there was a "plastic bag" covering something up there, shouldn't it have been an issue right away instead of over a year into business??
I think he just wants to lay blame on us for the issue but this is not the first time he's lagged on something. I complained last November about the lack of lighting in the rear of the building when I came in for 7am as was pitch dark back there and I was walking by myself. Needless to say all winter I entered the restaurant through the front doors as there were no lights back there and nothing was done about it. I wasn't the only one who felt unsafe but I was the only one who spoke up and I told the others to enter through the front until it's fixed. The landlord was told many times about it as I griped weekly and every time I griped they put a call in to him.
Aside from taking pictures (and we did on Sunday) and documenting any contact what can we do? The health dept is going to come down on us not him when there's a leak so we have to fix the issue. Can we do it at our expense and send him the bill? Odds are he's not going to pay it and I suspect that's exactly what he wants us to do.
Tomorrow I might be walking into a flooded kitchen, again. We're under a severe thunderstorm warning (typical for July in Southern Ontario) and we've had a couple good downpours already and more rain is on the way. If the landlord removed the "plastic bag" I might need galoshes to make my way around tomorrow.. .ugh... If that's what I walk in to, guaranteed we will not open until it's safe like we did on Sunday.