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orangedoor

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A tenant texted with a crazy story about how she heard a loud sound and went to the kitchen and the enamel in the sink had spontaneously cracked.  It's a enameled cast iron sink.  It seemed very odd, but I wanted to ask a few questions:

1-- anyone heard of this?  My best guess is that something very hot was placed on the enamel, then maybe cold water put on it.  But if anyone has heard of it, I'd love to learn more.

2--more importantly, where do you draw the line?  Is this something I need to fix?  Or should they fix it?  It's not as cut and dry as a broken appliance or roof leak.  Doesn't seem like something I ought to be required to fix, but I don't know.

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LLinVA

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It does sound like some extreme temperature change. If she wasn't in the room (and no one else was), I would give her the benefit of the doubt and assume it wasn't their fault and that they didn't do anything unreasonable. If the enamel is cracked, I would assume the cast iron is as well, or at least that it will begin to rust now that the enamel isn't intact. It is your responsibility to fix it. Even if they were liable (they caused the problem), I would still repair or replace it yourself and charge them for it. Never make the tenant actually do it or pay for it directly because they will only do the bare minimum, cheapest option, not the option that is best for you in the long run. Have you actually gone over to look at it yourself yet?
AccidentalRental

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I agree with LLinVA that I would given them the benefit of the doubt especially if you haven't had any questionable damage in the past from them.

I don't how you would prove they were responsible though. Unless you inspect it and can determine the damage was obviously caused by a heavy object chipping the porcelain instead of a hairline crack then I wouldn't charge them.

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