I replaced the kitchen sink in my rental property, and a few days later, there was a water leak from a pipe inside the wall under the kitchen sink. A T-joint became loose inside the wall. Tenants claim the pipe must have moved when I was replacing the sink, causing it to loosen at the joint, thus causing the leak. It was fixed within the hour by a plumber when reported. Tenants want me to pay for deductible on their renter's insurance. Do they have a legally valid request? Thanks!
I assume you have liability insurance for your property. This should be reported to that carrier, especially as their renter's insurance company may come back to look for what they paid as well.
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The validity of the request depends on how the damage was caused and on the terms of your lease. However, from a purely business standpoint, it will generally be cheaper in terms of time and money to pay their deductible.
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