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Good morning Adriaan, I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. In order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please. 1. Were the pipes connected to anything having to do with the geyser, or where they simply being stored on the property, waiting to be used for some purpose? 2. Was this an installation in progress or an existing, functional system that was stolen? If it was an installation in progress, who initially ordered, and was to pay for the materials that were stolen? 3. Is the geyser something that came with the home that you are renting for use associated with the home---for example, as a heating source for the home? Doug
1. The pipes were connected to the geyser and cut off by the thieves
2. It was a functional system as part of the house
3. It is part of the house part of the rent
Good morning Adriaan, Thank you for the additional information. As the pipes were attached to the property, and legally, part of the property, and because you did not steal them yourself, nor did you negligently allow someone else to steal them, it is the owner of the property that is legally responsible for the cost of repair of the property, and is responsible for the invoi9ces for all the parts and labor necessary to repair the system. Presumably the landlord has landlord homeowners insurance which will pay for the loss---but whether they do or not, they are entirely responsible for the cost of the repairs---both parts and labor. As a tenant, you have no liability for those expenses. You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction. Please remember to rate my service to you when our communication is completed. I wish you the best in 2013, Doug
We have been maintaining the house as we believe we are responsible renters, my wife and I. The state the house was in when we moved in like toilets cracked and door keys missing were all taken note of and photographed in the beginning. He never showed up for appointments to come and fix or replace and we did this eventually ourselves. We've never held back our rental money or anything and he has just a few seconds ago sent us a letter to give US TWO MONTHS NOTICE to move out if we don't pay.
One last question, does these rules also apply in South Africa?
I have no idea if the rules apply to SA. You placed the question in the US law category. I am unable to further assist you in this matter, and I am going to opt out of your question and open this up for other professionals.Your JustAnswer Account has not been charged for this conversation and your question is being placed back in the question list for other professionals to see, and to respond to. You do not have to stay online for the question to be active. Should another professional pick it up, you should be alerted by email unless you actively disable this feature.There is no need for you to reply at this time as this may "lock" your question back to me, thus inadvertently delaying other professionals' access to it.I apologize for any inconvenience and wish you well in your future.Doug
Yes it is a twelve month agreement.
We are in month eight.
Nowhere does it state that i am responsible for theft or unforeseen damage or loss or theft.
The notice he served for two months is not my biggest worry, it is the motivation behind it that is unfair, we can find a place if we really have to.
The pipes have been replaced a month ago already yes.
I understand that it is neither his or my fault they stole the pipes but surely he cannot force me to pay the bill it must be his home owners insurance?