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i live in California and wanted to know what is the maximum he can sue for.
There is no "maximum" per se, as he can sue you for any amount as long as he can prove his damages. But if you mean how much could he sue you for in small claims court, then the limit is $10,000 there. Otherwise he would have to hire an attorney to assist and file in a higher court or represent himself pro se and act as his own attorney.
If any damages were due to his negligence in maintaining the property, then he would be liable here, not you. Make sure you retain any emails, letters, texts, voicemails, etc., that prove that you notified him of the problem and he did nothing.
Ok, then if he actually tried to sue, you would have to rely on your verbal testimony and that of your wife to show the judge that any damages were a result of the landlord's negligence in maintaining the well.