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Property damage (by Cee [CA]) Nov 22, 2020 2:26 PM
       Property damage (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 22, 2020 2:40 PM
       Property damage (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 22, 2020 6:47 PM
       Property damage (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 22, 2020 7:54 PM
       Property damage (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 22, 2020 10:35 PM
       Property damage (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 23, 2020 11:32 AM
       Property damage (by boym [GA]) Nov 24, 2020 8:21 AM

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Property damage (by Cee [CA]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2020 2:26 PM

My tenant just moved out. Neighbor told me tenant's son started a backyard fire 4 years ago and burned part of the porch. They never inform me and replaced part of the burned porch and painted over other burned parts to cover it up. The repair/replacement cost is over $10000. I'm planning to bill them for it. Should I hire a lawyer? File a claim on my insurance now or wait for it if they do not pay?

Property damage (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2020 2:40 PM

Get an inspector. Maybe it's not bad under the paint.

Property damage (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2020 6:47 PM

What is the Statue of limitations in California?

Property damage (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2020 7:54 PM

In California unless you offer your tenants a Pre-Move Out inspection 2 weeks before the move, you are not allowed to deduct anything from their deposit. And you would have had to LIST this damage in the Pre-move out inspection or during the final inspection for deducting from the deposit.

On the other hand, if your neighbor will sign an affidavit and have it notarized, and you obtain estimates from Licensed contractors showing how much the repair is going to cost, THEN you can send you tenants a Demand Letter to repair the damaged porch area. They have 30 days to respond. Then you can sue them in small claims court.

Property damage (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2020 10:35 PM

Most jurisdictions have a cap on the amount you can sue in small claims court where some jurisdictions are $10,000 and some $20,000 dollars. Get some estimates from a few different contractors where can find the cost of repairing the porch to usable safe condition. It is better to have contractors repair then can awarded that amount. Once the damaged material is removed from the porch then will be able to see the extend of the damage. Structural damage can be expensive as this takes a considerable amount of labour and materials. Find out by calling the courts to see what the cap is in small claims court.

Property damage (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 23, 2020 11:32 AM


Insurance? NO! Every time you call to even ASK they log it against the house. Might cancel your ins or make it harder to get ins.

$10K sounds high for a problem you did not notice until now.

Treated lumber is extremely expensive right now so deck prices are astronomical. OR the contractor did not want the job.

Hit up the res for the $10K and see where it goes but get more quotes.


Property damage (by boym [GA]) Posted on: Nov 24, 2020 8:21 AM

10K? your guess or actual? you did put repair / replace.

We have a tenant build a fire in the back yard that was to close to the houseand the vinyl siding got warped. 10x 25ft area. Billed him 1200.00 for labor/my crew + supplies. He has one more 150.00 payment to go.

10K they'll never pay. so check THEIR renters insurance-- if none you need to prove they did it-- since you didn't see it. give them a fair price and payment plan. Have them sign for it and agree. If they agree at least you'll have proof.

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