Landlord vs Tenant: Who\’s Responsible For Water Damage?

Depending on your geographical location, water damage in the home caused by pipe bursts, plumbing, roof leaks, water overflow, and flooding caused by storms can be all too common. Water mitigation is the repair damage process that strives to reduce or prevent the amount of water damage in the home or apartment. Renting is highly beneficial for many people, but if water damage occurs who are required to pay for repairs?

The Landlord’s Duties

The landlord of the apartment or home you are renting from is responsible for providing a habitable rental property, which by law means that there must be essential plumbing such as a working toilet, hot and cold running water, tub or shower, and other common necessities. Most properties have property insurance of some kind. But if you are a renter, it is crucial to know the details of your lease because it may specify the actions that should be taken depending on the severity of the water damage.

The Tenant’s Duties

If the tenant does not let the landlord know of the water damage in a timely manner, the responsibility may fall on the tenant if they don’t notify their landlord. If any water mitigation is needed, contact your landlord and let them know of any water damage immediately after you notice it. If the landlord fails to repair the water damage, the landlord will be held liable due to negligence. 

When You Might Be Responsible

Water damage caused to the building itself, including flooring, walls, and utilities, should be covered under the landlord’s property insurance. However, if the tenant leaves the faucet on and leaves for work, resulting in water damage, then the tenant would be held responsible for any potential water damage. Or if the tenant caused the water pipes to leak or burst, then the landlord can charge the tenant for the cost of repair. 

If your property is in need of water mitigation services, contact us immediately to save money and ensure you are living in a habitable rental property.