If I rent my home, what damages am I responsible to pay regarding a roof leak?

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If I rent my home, what damages am I responsible to pay regarding a roof leak?

I recently had a roof leakage wish the tenant informed me that it damaged one chair and the table. Now she is asking me to pay $3000 since the dining room is discontinued. Since she has renter’s insurance, shouldn’t she call them for the damage?

Asked on January 5, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Alabama

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you contact your homeonwer's insurance as to the claim of the tenant. If the damages simply happened where you had no prior knowledge of the roof leak then you should not be liable under the law for any damage claims of the tenant.

I suggest that you advise the tenant to tender her claim to her own insurance carrier. I see no basis for the claim for damages as to the dining room issue.


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