Sparta, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Can my landlord rake me to court over accidentally damaging a tree while mowing?

I was mowing the yard at my rental property and accidentally damaged a small tree and is now dieing and my landlord threatened to take me to court. Even though we see each other multiple times out of the day he refuses to come to me directly with any issues or concerns but instead will go through my fiance to relay his messages. Can he take me to court over a small tree being accidentally damaged?

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA

A: The direct answer to your question is Yes, the LL can take you to court over property damage. The issue is whether you were negligent in damaging the tree while mowing. Other issues are: Who is responsible under the lease to maintain the property? Did LL provide you with any instructions about maintaining the property/mowing lawn? Are there any other contributing factors? How big is this tree that is taking months to die after the accident?

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