On August 20,2017, a county court in Broward County found a tenant liable for damages after the a/c in the condo she rented from a landlord leaked on a few occasions into another condo. The Court found the tenant negligent in dealing with the need for repairs. Additionally, the Court held that since the tenant failed to present any evidence that the duty to repair the rental premises was invoked against the landlord, the landlord had no obligation to reimburse the tenant–even after the tenant satisfied the $3,095.09 judgment entered against her. Freese vs Stadtmauer, 25 Fla. L. Weekly Supp 291a (Broward County Court, 17th Judicial Circuit, August 20, 2017).
Is this fair? What impact will this judgment have on the tenant’s credit? Was the tenant negligent? What could the tenant have done differently?