Can a landlord be held responsible for damage done by their tenants to a neighbor’s property?

Tenants have damaged my vinyl fence by putting holes in it on their side. They are Section 8. They moved out 2 dys ago and then I checked my fence. I couldn’t check earlier as they kept 2 pitbulls in the yard.

Asked on July 3, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, a landlord is not resonsible for the tortious or criminal activities of its tenants--the landlord does not as its tenants' insurer. You could proceed against the tenants themselves--though obviously, if the are Section 8 tenants, they may be effective judgment-proof--but not against the landlord.

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