Post # 1
I’m asking for a friend. She was renting an apartment & one of her friends left the tub water running all night. It flooded 5 aparment units. If the apartment owner’s insurance covers it, will my friend have to pay for it? She doesn’t have renter’s insurance (I hightly recommend YOU get it if you don’t have that!) & she’s pregnant & is due any day now.
The landlord told her to “get out & bail” after that happened. So she packed up everything she owned the same day & is now in a hotel.
I feel so terrible for her :(. And the other 4 families that were there. Ceilings crumbling, really bad stuff.
Post # 3
She may be liable. Yes. Especially if not everybody has renters insurance. The complex can charge her for any and all damages.
Post # 4
Uhhh, wow! How do you even DO that or not realize your tub is running….??
I’m thinking she will definitely be responsible for the damage done to her own apartment, and it will definitely come out of the deposit (and she might have to pay more, depending on the extent of the damage). But I’m not sure how they will handle the damage caused to other apartments…. Sorry, that is a terrible situation for her to be in!
Post # 5
I’m not a lawayer, but I can tell you about an experience I had.
My first apartment was on the ground floor of a 3 story building. The maintenance person accidentally turned off the water to the 3rd story apartment when the person moved out. It was the middle of winter and the water pipes froze and burst. I came home to an apartment with several inches of water on the floor, water had clearly come out of all the light fixtures, electrical sockets, etc. Thankfully I did have renters insurance, because the rental agreement/ contract stated that in the event of damage, I was liable – not the company! I had to pay the $500 deductible to have my ruined belongings replaced. Because of how the contract was written, I was not able to collect any money (i.e. my $500 deductible) for damaged property from the apartment company even though they were 100% at fault. (My insurance company tried to go after them because it was their fault the damage occured, but because of how the contract was written, they weren’t able to get anywhere with it). At least in this situation with how the contract was written, it is my understanding that if I had been the one to cause damage to someone elses apartment, I would have been liable for all the damage.
It might be reasonable for your friend to consider contacting a lawyer to find out what her rights are and what she may be liable for based on the contract she signed.
Post # 6
Sorry your friend is having such a hard time. I would also like to know how that happened???
She needs to check her lease agreement with the apartment complex. It should explain how damages are handled.
Post # 7
As a former landlord, I can tell you she CAN be held responsible. However, is the landlord going to go to the trouble of sueing her, knowing she does not have any financial means? That is unlikely. I had to take a former tenant to court over damages, and it cost me thousands of dollars in legal fees, and I have yet to see a dime. I ended up having to sell my property to recoup all the money I lost due to that tenants negligence. Lesson learned. The landlord, hopefully has insurance that will cover this. At the very least your friend should offer a sincere apology to the owner. I think what upset me more, than the damage to my rental house, was the fact that the tenant was unapologetic and was actually deliberate in his vandalism. It does sound like this was a true accident but a sincere apology may go a long way in keeping this landlord from seeking legal recourse.
Post # 8
if she is on the lease she can be liable. but if she talked to the landlord im assuming he knows that it wasn’t her fault. Was she present at the time it happened?
Post # 9
I’m not sure how no one noticed, I’m not sure if she turned on the water & they all went out or went to sleep, or what?!
All I know is the water flooded her place, then the people below her’s ceiling & walls were destroyed & they were moved into a different unit today. However, they kicked my friend out then & there. I know other units were affected, but not the damages. It also probably destroyed their friendship.
I’m not sure what her lease says or if she even knows where that is at this point :(. I think I’ll suggest that she go to a lawyer to see what she can do.
Post # 10
yes i would defiantly get in contact with a lawyer
Post # 11
She just told me she was asleep when it happened, she wears hearing aids so she didn’t hear it & her BF is a very heavy sleeper.
Post # 12
We just got flooded by our upstairs neighbour’s washing machine a few weeks ago. I believe the building’s insurance covered it, and then the building went after the owner of that unit to recover their deductible.
If she paid a damage deposit that’s less than the deductible, she likely won’t get that amount back, but might not be on the hook for it in addition to the deposit.
Post # 13
That happened to a friend of mine. He was too drunk and ran a bath and the tub overflowed and kept going and he blacked out. He lost all his deposits but they didn’t go after him for the damages (mostly because I think they figured it would be more trouble than it was worth). And for the record, that friend is now sober! It took that event and a couple of others around that time to make him hit bottom.