Charlotte, NC asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: I am the landlord renting a house. Recently the house was damaged when a piece of exterior trim was ripped off.

The tenant informed me of the damage and says he's not sure how it happened. We both suspect the damage was caused by the lawn mowing company the tenant hired, but there was no witness to what happened. The tenant contends this is my responsibility to pay for repairs on the basis that my wife told them that was the company she used when we lived there. I think that it would fall under damage outside normal wear and tear, which seems like it would be the tenant's responsibility. I'm not opposed to paying if I'm supposed to, but I'm not convinced I am.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Your tenant is right: Damage to the OUTSIDE of the house cannot possibly be "damage outside normal wear and tear" to the leased space inside the house. If you have fire insurance on the rental house it should be covered; if you do not carry fire insurance you should get some.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

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