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Intentional Damage National Propertyscouts


What is the tenants obligation when damage occurs at a rental property?

In layman’s terms ‘intentional damage’ is damage that the person intends to occur from their actions. So on that basis accidental damage cannot be deemed intentional and as a result, tenants are not liable for any costs involved with accidental damage. Damage may also be considered to be intentional where the tenant becomes aware of damage being caused at a rental property and does nothing to prevent further damage. A classic example of this is where a tenant gets a pet cat or dog and the animal damages the carpet by urinating on it. Failure to prevent the pet from continuing to do this will most likely be deemed ‘intentional’.

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