My renter burned their kitchen, fire marshall said not safe to breathe the fumes. Am I liable to pay their expenses somewhere else? Wa State?

  • by Bon Bon Girl
  • Dec 06,2017
  • 7 answers

My renter burned their kitchen, fire marshall said not safe to breathe the fumes. Am I liable to pay their expenses somewhere else? Wa State?


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car253 3 days ago

Renters are suppose to have renters insurance to cover fire damage to their belongings and a hotel to live in. In the future require your renters to have renters insurance and list yourself as additional insured on the policy so you get notified if the policy cancels. Renters insurance is cheap. You should require it.

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Lolly 6 days ago

Their insurance takes over. You no longer have a lease to enforce, because you can't live up to your end of it.

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Casey Y 6 days ago

You aren't required to ANYTHING for your tenants...that's just reality. If the premises is deemed uninhabitable, you cannot charge rent for that time period and may have to let them out of their lease depending on local statutes.
You aren't required to do ANYTHING to help them; you don't need to pay for alternative housing, you don't need to help with transportation or moving costs, you don't pay for their damaged property...I could keep going.
Call your insurance agent...they can direct you further. You might get threatened by your tenants that they will sue you (assume more than one tenant in the building), but until you hear something from a lawyer (who wouldn't take the case anyway), you can rest easy.

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Skoda John 6 days ago

As a landlord you should have landlord insurance. Let them handle it.

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rob 6 days ago

NOPE obviously

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Ricki 6 days ago

Nope, that's why they have insurance.

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Judy 6 days ago

no. If they have renters insurance that might cover it - and cover repair of the damage they caused. If they don't have, it's on them.

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