Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/refrigerator breaks


I rent a house and the refrigerator has broken twice in a month to leave us with 5 bags of destroyed food.  Is the owner responsible?

Hi Dan,

That is an unfortunate situation. Did you notify the landlord about the problem? Did you give the landlord a reasonable opportunity to repair the refrigerator? Did the refrigerator come with the apartment? All of these are important questions. Generally, the landlord would need to be given notice and an opportunity to fix. As to the food itself, the landlord is probably not responsible, unless you are able to show that the landlord knew or had reason to know of what was in the refrigerator, and knew about the refrigerator problem and took no action to remedy it. You should check your state law for more information.

Thanks for your question.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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