Zionsville, IN asked in Consumer Law for Indiana

Q: If pipes freeze in apartment am I responsible for repairs?

We left for vacation fir 3 weeks and turned the heat off subsequently the pipes froze and burst. Are we responsible even though when we left it was 70 degrees?

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Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Usually landlords are responsible for repairs required to the rental premises. However, in a case like this where the damage is caused solely by the tenant's negligence, you are most likely responsible for the cost of the repairs.

It is not going to matter that it was warm when you left. Indiana gets cold in the winter. Temperatures fluctuate and dip. The landlord has no control of the temperature once the rental premises is occupied.

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