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Vermont court says landlord not liable for car damage

Source: Burlington Free Press, Feb. 11 “MONTPELIER — The Vermont Supreme Court says a Montpelier landlord is not liable for damage to a tenant’s car from heavy snow and ice that fell off the apartment building’s roof. The court ruled Friday in favor of Richard Hooshiari, who had appealed a lower court ruling that said he had to cover thousands of dollars in damage from the Feb. 8, 2008, incident. 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 — does not protect a tenant’s automobile. The court also affirmed a lower court ruling denying the former tenant a claim of negligence against the landlord.” Link to Story: Vermont court stays landlord not liable for car damage


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