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Damaged Key Fob - Who pays to fix? by Nancy (CA) on October 30, 2008 @20:59

                              
Hi,

My tenant recently reported that her key fob has stopped working. After checking the electronic readers, it seems like the key fob was damaged and would need to be replaced. Does my tenant need to pay to get it replaced since it was her who damaged it? Or is that the responsibility of the landlord?

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Re: Damaged Key Fob - Who pays to fix? by Nancy (CA) on October 30, 2008 @21:07 [ Reply ]
By the way, the key fob is only a couple years old and was perfectly fine at the time I gave it to her. She's had the fob for about a year now. Is this normal wear and tear?
Re: Damaged Key Fob - Who pays to fix? by Anonymous on October 31, 2008 @08:11 [ Reply ]
Do you have any clause in your lease that says she is responsible for $XX of repairs?

How do you know she damaged it? When my 3 year old water heater broke, I didn't claim the tenant damaged it b/c it was working when they moved in. I would say you should replace it. This is a maintenance issue. These things go bad sometimes.


Re: Damaged Key Fob - Who pays to fix? by PX (WI) on October 31, 2008 @08:24 [ Reply ]
For my properties with exceptional inclusions such as fobs, card readers, etc., I include strong lease clauses to cover damages (as opposed to normal wear and tear).

IMHO, if a fob is damaged while in the tenant's possession, take actions in accordance with the lease clause. I wouldn't call tire tread marks, or running it through a garbage disposal "normal wear and tear".

Re: Damaged Key Fob - Who pays to fix? by Debbie on October 31, 2008 @09:46 [ Reply ]
Are you referring to the remote control thingy? If the answer is yes, I must've fallen asleep because I thought it was for automobiles only.
Re: Damaged Key Fob - Who pays to fix? by Anonymous on October 31, 2008 @13:49 [ Reply ]
Unless you can prove they broke it, you don't have much to push your costs on to the tenant if this isn't in your lease.

If it's damaged, you can point to a broken transmitter, cracked circuit, crushed case, it doesn't sound like you can. Has anyone bothered to replace the battery?


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