What is the name of your state? Ma
Saturday I completed installing a brand new forced hot water heating system piping and all in one of my rental units because her old gas on gas stove failed and you can’t replace them in the my state. Once the unit was in I put in a brand new gas stove. All work was done by a licensed plumber and inspected.
Last night I get a call that my house was on fire! I go there and find some nice firemen had carried out my brand new stove that was all melted and chard on the top and put it on my front lawn.
The cause from what the fire captin said was the tenant ran the self cleaning cycle and had left some items on the top of the stove that flared up and left the unit to go to her mothers house.. DAAA are you stupid? Not only leaving the unit with the stove on but leaving items right in the path of the heat vent!
Then I find that all the batteries had been taken out of the smoke detectors and CO2 detectors. I know these were fine 3 months ago when I had a yearly inspection I had just changed them and all units were working fine.
Well bottom line is no one got hurt and other then some soot damage there isn’t any structural or water damage.
Now my issue is my tenant “doesn’t agree” with the fire captains report of the cause she believes it was a faulty stove (story changed from last night ...and after talking with her mother)… I think she should be liable for the clean up and replacement of the stove. As the landlord I have to get this done so she can get back in there but I would like to have her reimburse me either by choice or by legal force.
Do I have any grounds to go after the tenant?