Apartment electrical fire. Can tennant expect compensation from landlord
May 31, 2014 12:15 PM Subscribe
My friend's apartment burnt along with most of his stuff. (He is 41.)
Should he talk to a lawyer about getting a settlement from the landlord? More info below.
posted by uncoolcentral to Law & Government (10 answers total)
He doesn't know if the fire started in the wall, in his computer, the stove, etc. The official report said it started in the kitchen area. The fire commissioner said, "that's all the information you'll get from us." This happened a couple of months ago. The apartment is now gutted and he's fallen on hard times. He hasn't even gotten his deposit back.
I think he's afraid that the landlord might try to sue him for damage or something. ?!
It's my understanding that if the electrical system's breaker didn't trip, it's likely not his fault.