Am I entitled for any compensastion from landlord if my car got flooded in the garage?

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Am I entitled for any compensastion from landlord if my car got flooded in the garage?

I am renting the apartmen. My car got flooded in the garage and I wasn’t insured from flooding within my motor insurance. Can I claim any compensation for lost car, which had to be scrapped, from building management? What should I do in this situation? The building is build next to the river and the garage didn’t have any protection against flooding.

Asked on November 15, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It would be worthwhile for you to speak with an attorney about the situation in detail. The issue will likely depend on whether the building *should* have had protection from flooding, which in turn depends on the facts: the situation and the potential liability is very different for a building located at river level (more or less) versus one built high up, which flooded only due to a freak crest; it would also be different if this river frequently floods, versus a river that only very rarely does. The measures the landlord should take are shaped by the factual situation and degree of risk.


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