Well my friend doesnt have content insurance and is renting a suite. The suite above had a fire and the sprinklers went

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Customer: well my friend doesnt have content insurance and is renting a suite. The suite above had a fire and the sprinklers went off and destroyed my friends contents. Can she take the tenant above to smaill claims court, the approx value of her contents is under $5000
JA: What province are your friend and your friends in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: ah BC
JA: What steps has she taken so far?
Customer: none, restoration company is estimating what can be salvaged
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Customer: and mentioned small claims court
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Hi and thank you for using JustAnswer.  My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you with your question.

Just a general disclaimer that this conversation is for informational purposes only. I am licensed Canadian lawyer; however, you would need to retain a lawyer to take any legal action and/or preserve any of your legal rights. I may be away from my desk from time to time, but rest assured I will always return back as soon as possible.

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Good afternoon – sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, your friend can sue the neighbour if they were negligent and it caused this fire. For claims up to $5000, she can use Civil Resolution Tribunal. Here is a link with more information on that process: http://www.smallclaimsbc.ca/crt-claims-up-to-5000

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My friend does not have tenant content insurance, the suite above hers had a fire and the sprinklers in her apartment went off and destroyed her contents valued at under $5000. Can she take the tenant that caused the fire to small claims court?
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Joey, Expert

Good afternoon – sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, your friend can sue the neighbour if they were negligent and it caused this fire. For claims up to $5000, she can use Civil Resolution Tribunal. Here is a link with more information on that process: http://www.smallclaimsbc.ca/crt-claims-up-to-5000

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is it a complicated drawn out process? Do I have to physically be there to represent myself or is it all done online?
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It's online.

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if she doesnt have contents insurance this doesnt affect the claim?
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No. This would determine if the neighbor was liable. If yes, then the court will assess damages.

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ok that is great thanks for your help!
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My pleasure. Thank you for using JustAnswer. I wish you the best of luck. If you have any follow up questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

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