Who is responsible for damage to property?
(updated on Tuesday, November 13th 2007)
Our Experts Answer:Section 40(2)(a) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 states the tenant is responsible for careless or intentional damage to the property caused by themselves or anyone on the property at their invitation. Section 40(4) of the Act also states that if damage is proved to have occurred during the tenancy, then it will be for the tenant to prove that it is not the result of careless or intentional damage. Therefore, you may wish to advise your tenants that if such damage occurs in future, you will consider it their responsibility to repair unless they can show that the damage was not intentionally or carelessly caused by themselves or their visitors.
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