Who’s responsible if an apartment floods while a tenant is out of town?
- Incorrect AnswerLv 64 months agoFavorite Answer
If the tenant went away for more than two weeks, a pipe bursts but they didn't switch off the water at the mains it's the tenant's fault I'd say, same if they just left a tap on. If they went out for a short time and a pipe bursts then the landlord should fix it. If the flood happened naturally then again, the landlord. Insurance doesn't cover acts of God but that's the cost of business.
- Common SenseLv 74 months ago
What caused the flood....water pipes/plumbing breaking or leaking, water from above (from another tenants unit, from rainfall?), or water from below (rising brooks, streams, rivers or oceans?)??
- R PLv 74 months ago
That depends on what caused the flood.
For example, if a pipe broke, it's on the landlord. If the tenant left the water on or the toilet running it's on the tenant.
- MaxiLv 74 months ago
Whoever caused the flood.......... water left on running then tenant, broken pipe then landlords maintenance issue
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- Christin KLv 74 months ago
It depends on why it happened. If it was the tenant's fault, then the tenant is responsible for damages, cleanup and repair. If it was the landlord's fault, then the landlord is responsible. If it was NO ONE's fault, then the landlord will have to make repairs, and the tenant may have to share in the costs.
- SumDudeLv 74 months ago
God ... or the weatherman.
- Anonymous4 months ago
It could either be a tenant, nobody, or whoever manages the building you are living in, and since you didn't bother providing more details then you are going to have to figure out on your own.
- babyboomer1001Lv 74 months ago
Whoever caused the flood. If it was an upstairs tenant who failed to turn off the bathtub, for example, then that tenant is responsible. When the tenant below returns and finds her place flooded, she may have to sue the upstairs tenant.Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
- SimplytheFACTSLv 74 months ago
depends on cause of flood, if tenant was negligent, then tenant....no its not tenants fault simply because they were away for a couple weeks without shutting off the valves....no one does that..
- A HunchLv 74 months ago
it would depend on the reason for the flooding.
if the tenant left the faucet on = the tenant
it it's due to weather = mother nature
if it's a broken pipe or something = no one is "responsible", it just happened.