I'm currently at home on winter break from college and I'm staying at my mother's place during the break. She currently resides in an apartment she has rented out which has switched landlords.
The problem resides with an inoperable toilet it is day 3 and having to resort to using survival tactics for taking a dump (i.e making sure to only go during dusk away from any visible signs of civilization etc...) it is not fun going into some retail establishment with the NY times in hand just to use there bathroom and not purchasing anything.
I have called the landlord on the 1st day the problem was noticed and was told that the plumber wouldn't be available until Friday at 9am. Friday came i.e today 12/31 New Year's Eve and called the landlord again to confirm that plumber was coming was told the plumber lives in NYC and will be commuting.
I reside a little up north from NYC in the orange county area which is about a 1 hour drive. The only reason I can think of for getting a plumber who lives out of area is that the landlord has a family connection with the plumber etc.. where it is little / no cost to the landlord to bring this person in from the city.
I am now planning the Most Likely Course of Action which is to just contact a local plumber
directly. If the landlord's plumber/cousin fails to show up. It is inexcusable to be dumping out in the woods in someone else s backyard.
My question is would calling up the plumber directly since I jumped the landlord's chain of command mean I/ or my mother have to pay out of pocket for the new plumber. Or if it is even reasonable to ask the landlord to hire a local plumber within the area to fix the issue. Versus relying on her personal connections just because the landlord wants to save cost at the expense of my mothers and I inconvenience.