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Rental house destroy by fire. by Anonymous on October 6, 2017 @16:59

Tenant occupied rental caught on fire at 5:00 AM while tenant was saying with mother in law. The home has been damaged totally. The police department ,fire chief with fire dog , investigator all inspected the home it has been determine that the fire started from bathroom linen closet? Nevertheless, looking to ask how should this month rent October and its security deposit be handled should deposit be returned and with rent payment prorated for the month of October while under investigation? Please advise LL
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Re: Rental house destroy by fire. by Anonymous on October 6, 2017 @17:16 [ Reply ]
I would wait for the investigation to conclude.

I hope your insurance also included coverage for lost rent payments.

Your insurance company will let you know the fire investigators findings.
Re: Rental house destroy by fire. by Jane (Ca) on October 6, 2017 @19:28 [ Reply ]
It helps to post your state, as each state has certain requirements on how to handle casualty damage. You show check your lease to see what it says about termination of lease due to fire damages. Most States, the termination of the lease is left up to the tenant to decide, not the landlord.
Re: Rental house destroy by fire. by Train on October 6, 2017 @19:32 [ Reply ]
I would wait for a report as to what caused the bathroom linen closet to catch on fire? Electrical issue? Storage of flammable product? Just keep in communication with the tenant. Letting the T know as soon as the cause of the fire is known. Then you will be able to settle with any rent or deposit. If your insurance covers complete re-build , then I would most prorate the rent and return the security. Depending on what the report states. If the fault was electrical then on you. If a candle left burning, then on the T.

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