Is a landlord responsible if water from the outside sprinkler has been leaking into my apartment and caused water damage to some of my belongings?

Renter’s insurance doesn’t cover this.

Asked on July 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Michigan


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the outside sprinkler is on some timer and you the tenant have nothing to do with the sprinkler that you have written about, then there is a good chance that due to the rental not being water tight which has resulted in damage to your belongings results in the landlord being responsible for the costs of repair and if not repairable, the fair market value of the damaged items.

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