Am I liable if I break things in my furnished apartment?
Everyone knows that items in a home can break; it’s a fact of life. This applies just as much to a vacation home as it does to your own property. So what happens if something breaks while you are on that long awaited vacation at a furnished rental in Manhattan.Hopefully this will not happen, but it’s good to be prepared.
We are going to take a look at the topic from two different angles; what happens if any of the amenities stop working and you need to get them fixed and what happens if you accidently break something. Let’s start by looking at what you need to know to stop yourself being stuck with no cooking or washing facilities.
What happens if amenities are not working as they should?
If you are staying in a furnished apartment you are paying for use of the amenities; if these amenities are not working this can be both annoying and inconvenient. Before you book to stay in an apartment it’s a good idea to check what arrangements are in place should there be any problems. This could include the provision of telephone numbers for professionals who can call and fix problems should they occur. Often there is a property manager who should be able to help. If you do all of this research initially you will not be under as much stress if something does go wrong.
What if you break something during your stay?
Obviously, you are not going to deliberately break anything in a furnished vacation apartment but accidents do happen. When you book the apartment you will need to pay a security deposit and you need to make it as likely as possible that you will get this back. One of the best ways of doing this is to take preventative measures to try and stop things from getting broken in the first place. Delicate decorative items may look attractive in a vacation apartment but many people choose to store such items away to prevent them from getting damaged. This can be an especially useful tactic if you have young children travelling with you.
If an accident does happen, and you break something, this does not necessarily mean you will lose your security deposit; putting things right can be a more affordable alternative. You should never try and hide breakages. The best thing to do is report what has happened straight away and explain that you want to make arrangements to have repairs completed, or to purchase a replacement. If you do this, and the problem is resolved effectively, then you may still be able to get your security deposit retuned to you.
Ideally, breakages and problems will not occur while you are on vacation. Unfortunately we do not always live in an ideal world. That is why it’s a good idea to follow our tips and hopefully help to keep your vacation as stress free as possible.