Who’s Responsible for Water Damage? Tenants or Landlords?
Unfortunately, water damage is a common problem for homeowners and renters alike. When water damage occurs, it is important to know who is responsible for the damage cost. The tenant or the landlord?
Water damage can be very unpredictable. In general, a landlord is responsible for maintaining the property, so it is habitable and functioning up to code. In some cases, the landlord may refuse to address issues in a timely manner or at all. This can lead to bigger problems such as mold.
Review Your Lease
It is important to know the details of your lease especially regarding property damage. For example, if the water damage is severe and the home or apartment is inhabitable, is the tenant still expected to pay rent?
Basic plumbing and upkeep such as sinks, toilets, and tubs is usually the responsibility of the landlord. If the landlord, refuses to repair these functions, they may be liable for negligence.
Water damage to the building itself such as the floors, walls, or utilities should be covered under the landlord’s insurance.
Personal property damage may fall under the responsibility of the tenant. For example, if the tenant leaves a faucet on and falls asleep, they will probably be responsible for the damage.
Water damage requires a fast response to minimize damage. SERVPRO of Mercer County is ready to help. We are water restoration experts and will have your home looking “Like it never even happened.”
Give us a call if you need help! (724) 704 8939
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