Can tap water that made me sick in my apartment be grounds for suing?
Question Details: I moved into a new apartment and fond out the tap water has a very high lead concentration. I have been having bad stomach trouble as well and very bad headaches. Can I break my lease and sue?
Have you put your landlord on written notice of the issue and given him some reasonable amount of time to correct the situation? If you have and he failed to so, then you should be able to terminate your lease early without penalty. All rentals are subject to the "implied warranty of habitability"--an obligation, imposed by law on the landlord, that the rental premises be safe and fit for inhabitation. If they are not--if there are conditions affecting health or safety--that provides grounds to terminate the lease. However, the law requires that the landlord be given the chance to remedy the situation: thus, the requirement that first provide written notice and give the landlord a reasonable time or oppotunity to take action.
As for suing: you can only sue--or more accurately, only get monetary compensation--for provable injury (not just short-term discomfort or pain; actual demonstrable injury, damage, illness, etc.), medical costs, or other costs (e.g. moving expenses; the cost of buying and only using bottled water until you move out; etc.) which can be directly traced to the violation.