What to do if my SUV was damaged when backing out of the driveway of the house I rent?

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What to do if my SUV was damaged when backing out of the driveway of the house I rent?

The driveway is starting to break apart in several different places. I was backing out of the driveway when a piece of asphalt/concrete broke free and rolled up as I backed up and damaged my bumper. Looks like $700-$1000 to repair the damage to my vechicle. Should the property management company pay for the damage in part or all.

Asked on June 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nebraska

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If the driveway of the place that you rent is un such poor condition so as to create a hazard to people and their property where your vehicle was damaged while backing up in the driveway, I would make a claim to your landlord for the repair of your vehicle's bumper. The landlord in turn will tender the claim to his or her insurance carrier.

If you do not get your car's bumper paid for by the landlord as to the needed repairs caused by his or her driveway, your recourse is small claims court.


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