Am I at fault if a car was damaged on my property?

This past weekend i had friends over and an uninvited guest had his car damaged on my property. No injuries to any person but he is claiming my boyfriends car hit his. There were no witnesses but he wants me to pay for some of the damages. Do i have to?

Asked on April 5, 2016 under Accident Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, you don't have to pay, based on what you write. A property owner is not his/her guests' insurer: you don't have to compensate them for losses that occur on your property *unless* you were at fault. If you were not at fault, you don't have to pay. 
So if your boyfriend hit his car, your boyfriend would have to pay (assuming this could be proven). But you would only be liable if *you* were driving and hit his car, or his car was damaged by a dangerous condition on the land, like an obviously sick or dying or dead tree which you refused to trim or cut down and which fell on his car.

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