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Tenant to take fall for bath damage?

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Q: While on a visit, my tenant's father slipped when getting out of the bathtub. He fell back against the faucet, injuring his back, though fortunately not badly. The tub, however, which is a one-piece fiberglass shower/tub unit, is ruined. Who is responsible for the repair? --Dian S. A: The key to answering your question is why the tenant's father fell. If he simply lost his balance or failed to be careful when stepping out of the tub, then he caused of the fall and would be responsible for the damage. In addition, your tenant would also be responsible, because tenants are legally liable for damage to the rental when it's caused by themselves and their guests. It's probably easier for you to demand payment from the tenant, which you can do by simply using the tenant's security deposit. (After finishing the repairs, require the tenant to replenish the deposit in case you need it later for additional damage or unpaid rent.) It's up to your tenant and her father to work thin...