Who Is Liable For Personal Property That Is Damaged Or Destroyed By Water From A Leaky Roof Or Broken Pipe?

Generally, a landlord will not be liable for damages to personal property arising from a leaky roof or broken pipe. Most rental contracts provide that the tenant is responsible for these losses and the courts enforce the landlord's position. The best thing for a tenant to do is to purchase a renter's insurance policy.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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