Is the landlord responsible to pay for damage to tenant’s car?

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Is the landlord responsible to pay for damage to tenant’s car?

My brand new car was parked in my designated area provided by landlord. Then, in 60 mph winds the landlord’s fence blew into the rear of my car damaging my tail light and scratching my car and bumper.

Asked on April 7, 2016 under Accident Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The landlord is not the tenants' insurer: the landlord does not have to compensate them for damage to their personal property (including vehicles) unless the landlord was at fault (e.g. negligent) in causing the damage. But you write that 60 mph winds blew part of the fence into your car: the landlord is not responsible for 60 mph winds, or at fault if such strong winds tear off part of a fence. d on what you write, the landlord is not responsible for your damage.


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