IS TENANT RESPONSIBLE FOR FROZEN PIPES
Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:11 PM
Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:24 AM
I'm not sure where you see things written in all caps, but please don't use all caps in future.
Your son was obligated to safeguard the property by keeping the heat going, etc. If he knew the place would be without heat during his tenancy, he should have ensured that the pipes were bled. Even if he told the landlord he was leaving mid-December, unless he got something acknowledging that in writing or can prove it, he's in trouble.
You can count on a landlord not settling for a fraction of damages owed if indeed he had paid someone $3,000 to fix (and a judge would find a bill from a friend suspect). If I were your son, I'd document the $795 offer in a letter to the landlord summarizing the conversation about it.
You don't provide any details to indicate why you think your son isn't responsible for damage due to the heat being turned off during his tenancy's term.
I'll echo PG's advisory "warning" with a twist: (Many) legal issues are complicated. Explanations and comments here might not fully identify or explain the ramifications of your particular problem. I do not give legal advice as such (and such is impermissible here at any rate). Comments are based on personal knowledge and experience and legal info gleaned over a quarter century, and every state has differing laws on and avenues to address most topics. If you need legal advice, you need to consult (and pay) a professional so that you may have someone to hold accountable. Acting on personal and informational advice from a stranger on the internet is a bad idea -- at least not without your own thorough due dilience/research and confirmation as it applies to your situation.
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