Can a landlord criminally charge you if their property was damaged while you were renting?

I recently rented a cabin with 12 of my friends. Holes were made and my friend is worried that he will get criminally charged if he does not pay the damage bill of $2200 when it should not be over a $1000 tops.

Asked on July 3, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York


david slater / david p.slater, esq.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You are responsible for the damage.  If it was done intentionally, that is vandalism and a possible criminal charge.  I would offer to pay the fair price to repair and look at his bills.

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