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Was anyone able to determine the cause of the water leak (meaning was it the washing machine itself, or was it something wrong with the pipes/water heater/etc.)?
The water level pressure switch failed. The hose that was attached to it came off causing the machine not to stop filling.
The pressure switch on the machine or on the landlord's pressure tank or pressure release valve connected to the home?
It is in the washer.
(I apologize for the multiple questions, I just want to ensure my understanding is clear, it appears the machine failed, but if there is a possibility it was due to the pipes, water heater, etc. that would make a difference).
Not a problem. As far as we know it was just an issue with the washing machine itself.
If it is the washer that failed, then you would be responsible to your landlord for the cost of repair, etc. The fact that he is only asking for the cost of his deductible is a "windfall" to you (meaning you are not paying everything you would be required to pay if the matter went to litigation).
Your rental insurance should cover this - this depends on the exact scope of your specific coverage and contract, I would advise that you read it carefully and do not rely solely on a statement by an employee at the insurance company. If you can find a clause or statement in the contract which would even remotely cover this type of damage, you can file or refile a claim for this (you paid for coverage you should be able to use it if you choose).
The fact that the machine was your parents and you inherited it when you moved into the unit is irrelevant. By assuming the lease, you assumed responsibility for the property as tenants, including use and maintenance of appliances not belonging to the landlord.
Great, thank you for the information. I will contact the insurance company again and actually file a claim.
You are welcome.
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