Portland, OR asked in Small Claims for Oregon

Q: I broke a window in a house near the park and the owner is charging me for the window repair and his labor fixing it

The owner of the home sent me the invoice of the new window cost, and then wants to charge me $25 an hour for 4 hours of his labor putting in the new window. Do I need to pay for his labor?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Of course you owe the labor cost for repairing the damage you caused. $25 per hour seems reasonable but whether 4 hours is a reasonable amount of time depends upon the exact details. It might or might not be. Do consider, however, that someone had to go to a store; get a replacement window (possibly cut to size); bring home and remove broken window and retaining trim; put new window in and secure in place; possibly paint trim and area to match. Good luck.

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