I hired a moving company to move me out of a rental home about a week ago. They hit the rental home with their truck causing damage to the roof and knocking down several irreplacable old trees. My landlord would like to issue a claim against my security deposit to pay for the damage. Is it my responsibility to pay even though I didn't do it? Should the landlord file the claim against the moving company? How do you assess value on a 10 year old tree that can't just be replanted in the condition that it was before?
Since you hired the moving company, they were acting as your agents when they caused the damage. Your landlord has the right to claim against your security deposit for the damage that they did. You can make a claim against the moving company for the damage that they caused. Most moving companies carry insurance to cover damage like this.
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Your Landlord can claim against your security deposit.
You can claim against the moving company.
You can agree on the value of the tree, or you can go to court over it.
The judge will accept testimony and make a ruling.
It would be much easier and cheaper for both sides to compromise.
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