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    tenant damaged property, should I pay?

    I have a house rented out through an agent. The tenant reported that the glass oven door broke last week while cooking. My agent is pressuring me (the landlord) to pay for a new oven because they say I am responsible for it and it's a safety issue. I realise I am responsible for the maintenance of the property, but this damage seems like accidental damage by the tenant and I have told the agent this. But they insist that I should pay! Are they right or should I stand my ground and say no? Any advise/opinion welcome.

    #2
    Unless you can show it's the tenant, you are responsible for the repair.

    Why do you think it's accidental damage?
    Why doesn't the agent?
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Oven glass shattering while in use is one of those things that happens sometimes. Its completely spontaneous and can be no fault of the user when it happens.

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        #4
        Originally posted by ExpertInAField View Post
        Oven glass shattering while in use is one of those things that happens sometimes. Its completely spontaneous and can be no fault of the user when it happens.
        That's right. Happened twice to the mother-in-law, oven got repaired through the manufacturer's warranty.

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          #5
          Even if tenant's fault, you pay - then claim from deposit or sue them.
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by Ian-2020 View Post
            I have a house rented out through an agent. The tenant reported that the glass oven door broke last week while cooking. My agent is pressuring me (the landlord) to pay for a new oven because they say I am responsible for it and it's a safety issue. I realise I am responsible for the maintenance of the property, but this damage seems like accidental damage by the tenant and I have told the agent this. But they insist that I should pay! Are they right or should I stand my ground and say no? Any advise/opinion welcome.
            You can sometimes find replacement door glass inner and outer (including the door) on an auction site. I've changed a door previously with no tools whatsoever, just two clips to release by the hinge and it slides out and a replacement on in. It can be easier and more cost effective than replacing the whole oven.

            Just my personal view,

            All the best Stew,

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              #7
              Have a look at espares.co.uk (or google for other similar sites).

              You can get unbranded spare parts catalogued by the brand that's being repaired.
              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                #8
                Thanks everyone for your comments.

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                  #9
                  I had an Electrolux Oven, the glass door just shattered when nobody was in the kitchen, the oven was on at a low setting. Aparrently it happens frequently. I believe Which Magazine did a report on Oven Doors breaking. I would consider putting in a New Oven with the latest Energy Saving Rating, Enhances your letting property, And as a repair its deductable against your rental income.

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                    #10
                    I've had a glass oven door shatter when the oven was was not in use and had not been used for several days.

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