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    Default Damage to a rental property

    Hey guys,

    So I sorta set fire to the garage today. was grinding and a spare bed went alight resulting in the garage roof and ceiling taking some damage and a bit on the walls also. I am reading through my tenancy agreement and it states that landlords insurance is unlikely to cover tenants liability. Does this mean I am going to have to repair garage myself? I havge called the property manager and she said she would contact the owners and get back to me.

    Just kinda shittin myself here cos I can't afford a garage bill.

    Any advice for someone in my position? What legal rights do I have? I have contents insurance to cover my personal loss but no home insurance as I believe that is the landlords responsibilty?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    LEAVE NOW.

    Change your appearance,

    Deny EVERYTHING.

    Head into the hills and live off the land, Hope you watched a lot of man vs wild.

    Good luck and god bless.
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    Noobish Pirate hueybot3000's Avatar
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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    Haha would you like to come demo my garage so I can argue...what garage??? :-p

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    Personally never been in the situation, but I imagine the landlord would have insurance cover for the scenario where a tenant tries to burn the place to the ground. You may be asked to pay the excess though..., which, depending on the policy, may make Metla's suggestion a viable/recommended one!!

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    The Owner may not have insurance. What does the Tenancy Agreement actually say?

    Some such agreements say that Insurance is over to the Renter.

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    Just kinda shittin myself here cos I can't afford a garage bill.
    well you did cause the damage by what you were doing, so you are responsible for it.

    The owner should have insurance ( stupid if they didn't) but expect to pay something.

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    I would expect to pay the excess. The property manager just called and said the same thing basically but they have to ask fire brigade etc on whether or not it was neglect. I don't think it falls under neglect as it is just one of those unlucky moments but time will tell.

    The tentant agreement says: Not damage or permit damage to the premises and inform the landlord of any damage*

    * Any insurance taken out by the landlord is unlikely to cover the tenants liability for damage.

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    Is it a generic tenancy agreement that the property management company gives to everyone to sign? The comment "* Any insurance taken out by the landlord is unlikely to cover the tenants liability for damage. " sounds like a generic statement they make to cover themselves.
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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    What will possibly happen is the owners insurance will fix it, then come to you for the $$$.

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    Default Re: Damage to a rental property

    OK. Get your contents insurance policy out of the little tin box that you stored it away in all those years ago. Check the wording, mainly in the personal liability section. If you can't understand or cannot find the wording, contact your insurance company first thing in the morning. From past experience, and unless your insurer is a faulty one, you should have cover that you cause for accidental damage that you do to the structure of the rented property.

    Get you insurer involved early!!!!!

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