Q: Rental: who pays for damages after tenants move out but have been cleared by the management company?
Rental property being managed by a property management company. They conducted a walk through after the tenants moved out, told the Owner it was good to go. Owner inspected at a later date amd found broken window, and missing laundry doors. Is the owner responsible to pay for the repairs or the management company for neglecting to notify the owner?
A: Assuming that the damages the owner found were present at the time of the walk through, and assuming also that the management contract contains nothing to the contrary, the management company should make good this loss to the owner. Had the management company done a competent job, the tenants would have paid for these damages from their deposits. The tenants, however, would also remain responsible financially for any damage to the premises during the term of their tenancy.
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