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If a realtor shows a client an empty home and someone uses the toilet and the water is running for 2 weeks, who is responsible for the $2300 water and sewer bill?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Ohio

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Should the owner shut off the water to avoid this problem in the future?

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Legally, the owner is liable, but owner need not shut off the water. Owner can look to his insurer for coverage. Owner could try to recover from realtor only if realtor acted negligently which from these facts its not the case. Had realtor turned on the faucet and forgot to turn it off or left a burner on leading to damages, then realtor, and his insurer would be liable.

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If that is clear and acceptable, please reply "yes"

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