Chesterfield, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina

Q: As a landlord, my tenant’s hot water tank broke and increased her bill. Am I responsible for her bill?

I replaced the hot water tank within 2 days after she notified me

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Cameron Lambe
Cameron Lambe
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: The short answer is that it will depend on your lease agreement. Many lease agreements contain provisions regarding maintenance and repairs that outline the responsibilities of each party. Often, these only require that the landlord be responsible for timely fixing written maintenance requests. If a tenant sues for the difference in the bill, it is difficult to say, even with the best lease, what a magistrate might award as damages. Regardless, please review the language of your lease agreement first, and, if still uncertain, please consult an attorney.

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