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floor damage (by Larry [AL]) Apr 18, 2010 6:05 PM
       floor damage (by Ed [TX]) Apr 18, 2010 6:58 PM
       floor damage (by Larry [AL]) Apr 18, 2010 7:08 PM
       floor damage (by Steve [MA]) Apr 18, 2010 7:19 PM
       floor damage (by in [IN]) Apr 18, 2010 7:47 PM
       floor damage (by RR78 [VA]) Apr 18, 2010 8:08 PM
       floor damage (by RR78 [VA]) Apr 18, 2010 8:10 PM
       floor damage (by Kathy J [WI]) Apr 18, 2010 8:20 PM
       floor damage (by Reid [KS]) Apr 18, 2010 8:50 PM

floor damage (by Larry [AL]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 6:05 PM

State Specific Question About: ALABAMA (AL)

I am renting a singel family home to a family and the dishwasher developed a leak that ran onto hardwood floors in the kitchen. As soon as I was notified about the leak, I bought a new dishwasher and had it installed within 3 days. I failed to go to inspect the situation personally, but was told that all was under control. Now that my renter has moved out and there is water damage to the floor in front of the dishwasher, my question is, who should pay for the repair. The lease states that the house is to be returned to me in the same realtive condition that it was leased, less any normal wear and tear. What say landlords?? --24.197.xx.xx

floor damage (by Ed [TX]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 6:58 PM

Any water damage under the dishwater is yours. My thinking is that the tenant can avoid water damage that is visable to them and should be liable for that. Your only chance is to deduct from their deposit. --209.30.xxx.xx

floor damage (by Larry [AL]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 7:08 PM

I accept any damage under the dishwasher, however this is highly visible floor damage that is 3 feet by 3 feet in area. I do still have the deposit and have offered the guy the opportunity to make the repair in order to get his full deposit back. --24.197.xx.xx

floor damage (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 7:19 PM

Your DW your expense. Next time check things out to be sure they are really under control. --72.85.xxx.xxx

floor damage (by in [IN]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 7:47 PM

You will loose this on in court, your DW leaked from the pump, call the store where you bought it, bet they will pay for it and buy you a new one....

Why not ask the tenant to buy you a new DW. --67.163.xx.xx

floor damage (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 8:08 PM

I agree you will never win this in court and is what gives landlords a bad name.

Charging tenants for your problem. It was your dishwasher that caused the problem not the tenants.

And there is a reason hardwood floors are not a good idea in a kitchen. You took the risk and had a material not recommended for a kitchen. Again not the tenant.

You would have to prove the tenants knew about it and did not clean the water up in a reasonable amount of time. And still you may not win. Tenants may not have even been home to clean it up. It is not unusual for a person to turn on the dishwasher and leave the home.

I have a hard enough time getting the tenants to pay for the problems the caused. Much less pay for my problems.


floor damage (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 8:10 PM

Also a court would consider this normal wear and tear for a house with a leaking dishwasher. Have to expect the damage. --71.246.xxx.xxx

floor damage (by Kathy J [WI]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 8:20 PM

Separate from the damage issue .. There are some nice heavy duty vinyls out there that look like hard wood if you want that look in the kitchen with a little more moisture resistance.


floor damage (by Reid [KS]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2010 8:50 PM

That would come under normal wear and tear since tenant did as they should have by notifying you quickly of the problem so that you could have it fixed. So IMO this repair is up to you. --70.248.xxx.xxx

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