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Responsibility After a Rental Property Fire

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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After a Rental Property Fire, Who Is Responsible?

After a rental property fire, there is sometimes confusion about who is responsible for paying the cost of damages. Each situation is unique, but there are some underlying factors that help determine responsibility.

1. Who Caused the Apartment Fire?
If it has been determined that a tenant caused the fire, they are responsible for paying the landlord for many of the building's repair costs. If the fire was not caused by a tenant, the landlord's insurance policy will cover the renovation costs of the building structure. In this scenario, tenants may opt for terminating their lease if the property is totally destroyed.
In some instances, tenants have the ability to end their lease ahead of time even if the building isn't completely ruined. The landlord may agree instead to cover the cost of a temporary relocation until the building has been renovated after an apartment fire.

2. What Insurance Coverage Has Been Obtained?
Landlords in Atascocita, TX, must purchase a landlord insurance policy to pay for fire damage to the building. This insurance typically covers such things as:

  • The building structure itself
  • Any property that is stored for contractors, such as equipment and materials
  • Appliances and furniture supplied by the landlord

Unfortunately, the landlord's insurance policy will not cover any possessions lost by the tenants during an apartment fire. This makes it essential for your tenants to work with their insurance agent to purchase a renter's insurance policy ahead of time. It is also a good idea to require tenants to obtain this insurance before the lease is signed, or at the very least to sign a statement showing they understand the rules. This will help to alleviate any potential problems down the road.
In addition, it's a good idea to research fire restoration services ahead of time so that renovations can begin as soon as possible.
Protect your investment during a devastating fire with a comprehensive insurance policy.

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