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As a landlord, what is your liability if you have a water leak,

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As a landlord, what is your liability if you have a water leak, and your tenant's property is damaged?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The hot water tank in our loft split causing a water leak, damage to the property, and damage to the belongings of our tenant, and a burn to her arm. We are wondering what our liability is in this situation?
The way the court looks at this is that these things don’t happen if a property is maintained and therefore if she decides to pursue it you would probably be found liable.
BUT she has to prove negligence and the incident must be reasonably foreseeable so if this couldn’t have been avoided you escape liability but you will need to prove that this wasn’t due to lack of maintenance or any other failing by you.
I would simply pass it onto yr insurance co to deal.

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