Tucson, AZ asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Arizona

Q: I live in Arizona. We got solar panels and First rain our roof leaked. Can I sue? They don’t want to fix it.

They state the issue was there before the solar panels. Our house was brand new built in 2020 manufactured home. We had bad storms before that caused no leak. The first rain after the solar panel installation, our roof started leaking out of our smoke detector. They got on the roof and stated it’s due to it being sun warped and cracked causing the leakage. Only way the damage could have happened was during the installation of the solar panels and the men not being careful. The company states we have to fix it and it’s not on them.

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A: In Arizona, if your roof started leaking after the installation of solar panels and the company refuses to accept responsibility, you have several legal options. First, review your contract with the solar panel company to understand any warranties or clauses regarding damage during installation. If the contract suggests the company is responsible, you may have grounds for a legal claim.

Also, gather evidence such as photos of the damage, dates of installation, and any communication with the company. If the company still refuses to rectify the issue, consider filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or the Arizona Attorney General's Consumer Complaints Division.

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