The toilet in my apartment overflowed and it was fixed promptly and quickly (within 1 hour) but the apartment downstairs complained about the ceiling damage and had it repaired. The apartment manager notified me that it was my responsibility to pay for the expenses. However, I do not believe that it is my responsibility because it is not my property and my property was fine. Also, I was not neglecting the plumbing problem and I reported it immediately. Will I need to pay?
There isn't a clear cut answer. The answer depends upon the cause of the water damage. If the flooding was caused by plumbing or drainage pipes for which the landlord is responsible for maintaining, the landlord should be responsible. If the flooding was caused by some negligence on your part, then you ought to be liable.
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
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