I rented an apartment with clear stipulation that I was allowed to use everything.
On my last day there I used a stick/ immersion blender. It worked ok but I could not separate the two pieces. The blade from the motor. A neighbor was able to separate it and then plugged it in to see that it still worked ok. It did!
But when the owners came back- 2 weeks later they said the immersion blender was broken and they want complete compensation for it
Am I obligated to pay?
I really wasn’t negligent using it. I just used it in the normal fashion.
On a side point, This blender they have comes along with a measuring cup and second blade thereby increasing the value. Should I be paying altogether and should I be paying for a whole package deal that I didn’t break because it comes altogether?
Answer from Horav Y. Fleiahman shlit”a
If what you write is true you don’t have to pay for two reasons-
1.you say it wasn’t broken by you
- even if it was you used it in the usual manner which means it is meiso machmqas melocho and you are potur
However, it is impossible to rule w/o hearing two sides of a story.