MUNICH (dpa-AFX) - According to the Bavarian Tenants' Association, tenants have a right to repair and maintenance from the landlord in the event of flood damage. This also applies to fitted kitchens, electrical appliances and carpets that are also rented out - but not to the tenant's own furniture and objects, as the state association announced on Tuesday.

According to the association, the owner and landlord must remove water that has penetrated into cellars and apartments. They are also responsible for drying out the apartment. As long as the apartment cannot be used or can only be used to a limited extent due to the storm damage, the tenant may reduce the rent. A rental agreement clause that restricts the right to reduce rent in cases of force majeure is invalid, according to the Tenants' Association. To be on the safe side, tenants should take photos to prove the scope and extent of the damage, also for the insurance company.

Claims for damages by the tenant against the landlord are generally excluded. The landlord also does not have to take precautions against very rare natural disasters, according to the tenants' association./rol/DP/men