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Old 09-28-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Tenants left a hose bib on all night long (landlord question)


Now my jet pump is burned up. Can I charge them for this?

To make a long story short, they were without water for 2 days because her mom's boyfriend said it was an easy 2 dollar fix. When I got there, everything was completely dismantled.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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So....mom's boyfriend's easy $2 fix turned off the water for 2 days and the open hose bib burned up your jet pump? And you want to charge them for it?

You would have to prove intentional vandalism.....it would be a real weak 594PC charge. Otherwise, it's a civil matter that you might have to take up in small claims court.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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I think by charge them, he means bill them for the cost, not charge them criminally. But I could be wrong.
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" Can I charge them for this?" not with this.
Unless your lease says tenants not responsible for damages they caused, of course you can. And any other incidental related damages or costs, such as reassembly. Since this is not due to negligence or accident, you shouldn't have any problem making your claim stand up. Collecting for damages is another story. Some leases prohibit tenants from making repairs, except in emergencies to prevent furthur damage. You wanta add that to yours, at least require tenants to get your approval first. Some landlords consider tenants painting walls that desperatly need it as damages. In early 70's we brushed water soluable "crystal' to frost low bathroom window, landlord charged us $15 to squirt water on it and wipe off.
If your lease says that, possibly if it does not, and since this was deliberate, intentional, though not malignant, act; it may be cause for eviction. Don't do that B4 collecting damages. Eviction is a whole nother can of worms, where your claims stand but collection fails. Threat of eviction, or start of proceedings which you then drop, may encourage collection. But tenants may otherwise be "good tenants." Just don't let them "fix" things.

charge with... Possibly. While not malignant, it was deliberate act. Depending on monetary amount of damage, tenant could be charged with negligance resulting in damage. Even "pros" can be charged with that. Filing criminal charge, which can be dropped, or payment considered by judge to be penalty, often results in collecting civil damages. Again depends on how you feel about tenants other wise.
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I would hope that tenants would be reasonable and pay up.

If not, serve the notice that damages will be deducted from their deposit.
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charge them for repairs is what I meant, not charge them criminally.
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Of course you can charge them for repairs.

If they cut a hole in the house to get large furniture in, you can charge them for this as well.
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"If they cut a hole in the house to get large furniture in, you can charge them for this as well."
Or if you have to cut a hole to get boat they built in living room out.
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"If they cut a hole in the house to get large furniture in, you can charge them for this as well."
Or if you have to cut a hole to get boat they built in living room out.


I figured I could. I was just trying to settle a disagreement with my wife about it.

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