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Broken window glass - responsibility of renter or landlord?

We lived at a house for 6 years, during year #4, a ball was thrown at one of the windows and cracked the glass. We taped the cracks, and eventually moved. Landlord is taking cost of window repair from our deposit. Should this cost be held from security deposit? We live in California.

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Whoever broke the window at the time it happened was responsible for paying for it. If it was you (or your children), then you are responsible for the damages, if it was a neighbor, then they would be responsible. However if you didn't get it fixed at the time, it's your overall responsibility since it happened while you were living there.

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Did you inform the landlord of the broken glass when it occurred? can you prove it? Maintenance and damage not caused by the renters is responsibility of the landlord. But you may not be able to prove that you didn't cause that broken window.

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Thank you! We told him verbally, but didn't press the issue since it was a guest room window. I appreciate the insight.
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You are responsible for normal wear and tear on the property. Cracked glass is one of those things that happens, it was not a defect in the property when it was rented to you. The landlord is in the right.

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Sorry your at fault if you did not notify the landlord as to who did it, it is assumed you did it since you did nothing and said nothing about it. Personally if it had been me and I came home to this, I would have reported as a possible break in or vandalism and given a copy of the report to the landlord.
Signed Claims adjuster in California

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