Waukesha, WI asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin

Q: Water sprinkler activated in bedroom 1/31/2020

The water sprinkler system in my apartment activated and the apartment building is stating I am being held responsible for the damages that was caused to my unit and the unit downstairs. I have not been at the unit due to it being inhabitable to live in. I just so happen to go over to the apartment to get clothes for me and my kids and there was this lease violation notice under the door. I have paid rent for 2/2020. I have requested reports of the water sprinkler systems inspections and have not been provided those reports, I have been told that I can only follow up with the repairs once a week. I have been told that since I didn't have renters insurance that they are not in no rush to complete the repairs, but that I am still responsible for my monthly rent. I have been searching everywhere for answers as to how often they are suppose to check those water sprinklers in each apartment. I was not smoking, cooking or the heat was not at 155

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Jason Anthony Greller
Jason Anthony Greller
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Madison, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: If the sprinkler was activated due to a tenant's or a guest of tenant's negligence, then the tenant may be responsible for the damage to the property. If the sprinkler malfunctioned then the landlord may be solely responsible. Generally, these systems are inspected by local fire departments. You may wish to contact your local fire department to inquire as to local regulation and inspection records.

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