Posted by Chris on July 22, 1997 at 02:16:21:
In Reply to: Re: landlord liable if contractor has no insurance to tenants personal property? posted by TenantNet on July 16, 1997 at 18:11:03:
I would disagree with that. For example landlord buys a rental property with a narrow driveway and next door to a house with a sloped roof. In the winter, the iscicles form and fall off the property next door while tenant has car in driveway, causing car window to break. Is landlord reponsible for landlords neighbor and thus landlord pays for car window repair? Heck no.
Similarly, tenant parks in driveway. Some stranger uses driveway to turn around, but stranger's foot falls off brake pedal or whatever, causing stranger to bump into tenants car. Is landlord responsible for damage to tenant's car? Heck no.
Too many people think all landlords are money hungry slumlords. Many landlords barely break even and when one considers that landlord "lose", ie. go without months and months of rent sometimes in order to find the right tenant, keep in mind that landlord STILL must pay mortage, taxes, utilities, cleaning, etc., while apt is vacant. And when rented, how many landlords must pay for new light bulbs because tenants don't think they are responsible to replace bulbs? And lastly, landlords do not have any right to have police records or do criminal background checks on a prospective tenant in order to weed out undesirables. Its only AFTER the tenant deals drugs and gets caught that landlord learns of such, and then becomes responsible for tenants' actions. But then, you know, landlord has porhibited from "inspecting" the apartment to see if tenant has drugs in apartment. Of course, if tenant allows landlord in periodically, well, OK, but what drug dealing tenant is going to let landlord in when they (the tenant) knows they are doing something illegal?
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