Court says landlord not liable for car damage from falling ice

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A Montpelier landlord is not liable for thousands of dollars in damage to a tenant's vehicle caused by snow and ice that fell off an apartment building's roof, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday.
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GMB

Brookfield, VT

#1 Feb 12, 2011
...and if the tenants were inside their cars, then what? the judge is probably good friends with the landlord, ever think'a that?
Wag the dog

Sharon, CT

#2 Feb 12, 2011
"The justices said the implied warranty of habitability -- which says the landlord "will deliver and maintain premises that are safe, clean and fit for human habitation"--"

The premises certainly weren't safe in the "designated parking area".
most landlords stink

Queensbury, NY

#3 Feb 12, 2011
If the landlord was a wonderful human being, as mine is, he would have covered the damages with no questions, as he would have the proper insurance on his property. Sad for the single mom of six who works..
If You Are Poor

Manchester Center, VT

#4 Feb 12, 2011
If you're poor, you don't get justice. It doesn't matter what race you are, what sex your are or even what political party you belong to. If you don't have enough cash to pay a platinum lawyer to unplug a judge's ears and unblock his/her eyes, you may as well wear a clown outfit to court and speak in gibberish, because the outcome would be the same in both cases-you lose!
not the same thing

United States

#5 Feb 12, 2011
I agree with the first comment. The parking spot clearly was not safe otherwise her car would not have been damaged. However now people know this landlords name and hopefully will remember not to rent from him.
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#6 Feb 12, 2011
Maybe she should try coming back with the neglience claim.
Hmmmm

South Deerfield, MA

#7 Feb 12, 2011
I would have taken this verdict out on the landlord's car with a lead pipe.

Oops!

Seriously though, why wouldn't her car insurance cover this? Or her renter's insurance? Or her ice hazard insurance? Or her AFLAC?

Oh, that's right, you pay into insurance companies for years and when you try to use it, they say sorry, you're not covered for that. Now
i remember.
I Luv Bennington

Manchester Center, VT

#8 Feb 13, 2011
She should claim the damage to her vehicle through her own auto insurance. That is why you have auto insurance. Being poor, and a single mom,(the most overused excuse for EVERYTHING), is no excuse for not being responsible for your self.

All the Libtards should stop blaming everyone else, get out of their ivory tower, and teach self responsibility....the world would be a better place.

“Congrats to Green Bay”

Since: Jun 08

Pittsburgh, Pa

#9 Feb 13, 2011
I Luv Bennington wrote:
She should claim the damage to her vehicle through her own auto insurance. That is why you have auto insurance. Being poor, and a single mom,(the most overused excuse for EVERYTHING), is no excuse for not being responsible for your self.
All the Libtards should stop blaming everyone else, get out of their ivory tower, and teach self responsibility....the world would be a better place.
I question what kind of liability insurance this landlord has...
If my tree blows over during a storm and strikes the neighbors house, my insurance covers the damage....
Sounds to me like her attorney was the jerk here.... She sued under the wrong premise as a tenant and should have sued as an
outside party.... If this had happened to someone visiting a tenant would the judge rule the same way???? I don't think so...
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#10 Feb 13, 2011
I Luv Bennington wrote:
She should claim the damage to her vehicle through her own auto insurance. That is why you have auto insurance. Being poor, and a single mom,(the most overused excuse for EVERYTHING), is no excuse for not being responsible for your self.
All the Libtards should stop blaming everyone else, get out of their ivory tower, and teach self responsibility....the world would be a better place.
If low income she probably did not carry collision (which pays for damage to one's vehcle). Liability, which is required is cheaper.

I am a bit surprised at the ruling since the car was on the landlord's property and he didn't clear the roof, it seems he should be liable-guess that is one of those gray areas of the law.
Thurston Howell III

Williamsburg, MA

#11 Feb 13, 2011
If You Are Poor wrote:
If you're poor, you don't get justice. It doesn't matter what race you are, what sex your are or even what political party you belong to. If you don't have enough cash to pay a platinum lawyer to unplug a judge's ears and unblock his/her eyes, you may as well wear a clown outfit to court and speak in gibberish, because the outcome would be the same in both cases-you lose!
If you are poor it is because of stupid lifestyle choices that you made and it is no one's fault but your own. Six kids hey? From how many different bums? Don't tell me this so called family isn't getting a free ride at the taxpayers expense.Bottom line...poor people SUCK !
slippery roads

Lakeville, CT

#12 Feb 13, 2011
Thurston Howell III wrote:
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If you are poor it is because of stupid lifestyle choices that you made and it is no one's fault but your own. Six kids hey? From how many different bums? Don't tell me this so called family isn't getting a free ride at the taxpayers expense.Bottom line...poor people SUCK !
You suck.... How dare you judge anyone!! Shame on you for your assumptions.
Wag the dog

Sharon, CT

#14 Feb 14, 2011
I Luv Bennington wrote:
She should claim the damage to her vehicle through her own auto insurance. That is why you have auto insurance. Being poor, and a single mom,(the most overused excuse for EVERYTHING), is no excuse for not being responsible for your self.
All the Libtards should stop blaming everyone else, get out of their ivory tower, and teach self responsibility....the world would be a better place.
Waaaaaaahhhhhh, libs trying to hold rethuglican slumlords accountable for the unsafe conditions of their property!
jgadsden

Bellows Falls, VT

#15 Feb 14, 2011
was there a sign?
Thurston Howell III

Williamsburg, MA

#16 Feb 17, 2011
slippery roads wrote:
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You suck.... How dare you judge anyone!! Shame on you for your assumptions.
Me suck? Why thank you. It must be a bummer to be a PEZ. I have more bread than a prison meatloaf. ha ha ha ha.
Does it matter

Bennington, VT

#17 Feb 17, 2011
jgadsden wrote:
was there a sign?
Does the sign change anything?
slippery roads

Lakeville, CT

#18 Feb 19, 2011
Thurston Howell III wrote:
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Me suck? Why thank you. It must be a bummer to be a PEZ. I have more bread than a prison meatloaf. ha ha ha ha.
As far as how much bread you have means nothing. I said shame on you for your assumptions of anyone. and who the hell are you to judge anyone? Money sure does not buy love or happiness. If you think it does. You are an idiot.
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#19 Feb 19, 2011
slippery roads wrote:
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As far as how much bread you have means nothing. I said shame on you for your assumptions of anyone. and who the hell are you to judge anyone? Money sure does not buy love or happiness. If you think it does. You are an idiot.
The rich man is usual materially rich, but quite often found to be poor in spirit.
slippery roads

Lakeville, CT

#20 Feb 19, 2011
Concerned wrote:
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The rich man is usual materially rich, but quite often found to be poor in spirit.
Isn't that the truth.
jgadsden

Bellows Falls, VT

#21 Feb 22, 2011
Does it matter wrote:
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Does the sign change anything?
if ice fell on your car next to a danger falling ice sign?
I would think it matters...

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