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Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

I have been renting my apartment for just over 11 years now. It was new when I moved in. Some water damage from condensation on the windows occurred on the parquet flooring in the early days which was down to my ignorance of the necessity to keep the apartment well ventilated.

I chose not to get it repaired for fear it would happen again.

The time has now come to leave in about 4 months time. I was wondering if I can claim the damage on my house insurance Or possibly the administrator will see this as acceptable wear and tear ?

Anyone any idea the cost of repair ? An example is attached

I would estimate the total length is about 2 meters of flooring spread across 4 or 5 different places
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Old 27.05.2021, 13:39
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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

I highly doubt that is normal wear and tear as it is plain water damage. And a bit more than some water?


Ask your landlord/régie and ask your insurance if they pay
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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

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The time has now come to leave in about 4 months time. I was wondering if I can claim the damage on my house insurance
No, household insurance only covers your own belongings - this isn't your parquet, no? You were probably thinking of liability insurance which should cover it

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Anyone any idea the cost of repair ? An example is attached

I would estimate the total length is about 2 meters of flooring spread across 4 or 5 different places
This is too small of a job to charge by meters. Probably you'd be looking at a fix price of at least one grand or so for all the nuisance, or something like 100-200 Fr hourly

Depending on how old the parquet is, you should only be charged a pro rated part of repair costs. Parquet is supposed to be written off after 30-40 years for damage claim purposes
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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

10 years is the max life of surface of parquet unless it is deep hole which is then 30 yrs.

So no, you are not liable. Just don't sign anyhting. Do you have legal insurance?
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No, household insurance only covers your own belongings - this isn't your parquet, no? You were probably thinking of liability insurance which should cover it


This is too small of a job to charge by meters. Probably you'd be looking at a fix price of at least one grand or so for all the nuisance, or something like 100-200 Fr hourly

Depending on how old the parquet is, you should only be charged a pro rated part of repair costs. Parquet is supposed to be written off after 30-40 years for damage claim purposes
10 yrs if it is the surface only.
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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

It depends on what type it is:


https://www.mieterverband.ch/mv/miet...ertabelle.html


Klebeparkett, kleinformatiges Massivholzparkett (Klötzliparkett), Hartholzriemen / Massivparkett 40 JahreMehrschichtparkett (ab 4 mm Nutzholz)30 Jahre
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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

As others have said, to me this doesn't look like normal wear and tear with reasonable use. After ten years you'd expect to sand and reseal parquet, I'd not put much hope in that working for this deep water damage.

It's a bit like claiming paint lifetime after you've bashed a hole in the wall!
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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

Thanks for all the input. Bit mixed.

I agree it was my fault. A grand is acceptable for me.
I do have legal insurance.

I really think they should have stressed the importance of good ventilation when I moved in as the apartment is gas tight and I have to open the windows for hours in winter to stop the condensation.

When I spoke to AXA they said I was covered. But they didn't come to see it.

I will keep ypu informed how it turns out

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Re: Parquet flooring damage in a rented apartment - do I pay ?

Depends on the quality:
Parkett / Holzriemenböden
Klebeparkett, („Klötzli“) 40 Jahre
Hartholzriemen / Massivparkett 40 Jahre
Weichholzriemen 30 Jahre
Furnierparkett 12 Jahre
Parkettversiegelung / -Ölung 10 Jahre

third-party liability insurance will pay, if you have one (and you should!).

Put a tape measure next to it and take a photo. Send the photo to the insurance. Some landlords try to get larger patches fixed than necessary. Or at least charge for larger ones.
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