Landlord/Tenant Law

The Pipes In My Apartment Froze And When They Melted They Leaked. Who Is Responsible For The Damage To The Pipes And Damage To The Belongings That Were Damaged?

If your water pipes freeze, then burst, your landlord most likely will not be responsible for the damage to your personal property. You need to read your lease carefully. Most leases state that the tenant must take steps to keep pipes from freezing in winter, such as keeping the apartment heated or the water running. Even if your lease says that your landlord is not legally responsible for the loss of personal property, a court can hold the landlord responsible if it is shown that it is the landlord`s fault that the pipes burst. The landlord must repair the water damage to the apartment.

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