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Mushrooms growing in Shanghai family’s flat after upstairs neighbour refuses to mend leaking pipe

Family have to mop up water with nappies as dispute lasting months drags on

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 November, 2016, 11:26am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 November, 2016, 11:26am

Mushrooms are sprouting on the walls of a family’s home in Shanghai because so much water is leaking through the ceiling from an apartment above, according to a news website report.

The Yin family live in a high-rise building in the Xuhui district and discovered the problem in February, Thepaper.cn reported.

They then took their neighbour to court the following month after he refused to fix the problem.

A district court later ordered the neighbour to repair the leak coming from a pipe in his bathroom, the report said.

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The court also ordered the man to pay the Yin family 5,950 yuan (HK$6,685) in damages.

But despite the court order, the neighbour, who was only identified by his surname Chen, has not fixed the leaks, even after police were called, the report said.

The leaks occur every time someone uses water in the neighbour’s bathroom.

The Yin family have to use nappies to soak up the water dripping from their ceilings and mushrooms have sprouted throughout their flat close to the leaks.

The neighbour has argued that the repair works and cost should be shouldered by the building’s property management company.

He is appealing to a higher court asking the property management firm to pay, but a date for a hearing has yet to be set, the report said.