(Closed) What if you damage an apartment you’re renting?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3981 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

She may be liable. Yes. Especially if not everybody has renters insurance. The complex can charge her for any and all damages.

Post # 4
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011


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
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 10
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

yes i would defiantly get in contact with a lawyer

Post # 12
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
7495 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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.

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