Forced entry by Police due to medical emergency?

by Readers Question

10:21 AM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

Forced entry by Police due to medical emergency?

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Forced entry by Police due to medical emergency?

Hello I am a tenant in a home where my diabetic girlfriend passed out and hit her head in a diabetic fit. The police were called and got no response because she was unconscious. medical emergency

Consequently they had to break the door down.

Who pays for this? Is the Landlord liable?

Does his Home owners insurance cover this?

Many thanks

Mark



Comments

Neil Patterson

10:26 AM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

Interesting question.

I can't see how the landlord is liable, but I have not run across this before.

With regards to Landlords insurance cover, this would need to be checked with the individual policy. however, by the time you take into account any excess to be paid and then the increased cost on future policies for making a claim I very much doubt it would be financially worth claiming on the Landlords insurance policy unless it was a mega expensive door.

Stephen Turner

12:05 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

This happened to me a few years ago...I wrote a complaint in to the police and they replaced the UPVC door for me ?

Sara Webb

12:13 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

The police will deal with each case on its own merits but its a bit much to complain about their actions when they are saving your girlfriends life.

Steve From Leicester

12:13 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

The police will pay up if they battered the door down to carry out a drugs raid or similar, but I'm not convinced they will do so in a situation where they were rescuing the occupier. Taking that to its logical conclusion you'd be able to ask the fire brigade to pay for water damage caused when they put a fire out.

Graham Bowcock

12:15 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

Dear Mark

I cannot see any basis for the landlord or their insurers being responsible. It may be possible to claim on the tenant's insurance policy, although you would need to check the policy wording.

Graham

Jason J&C Partnership

12:41 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

As you enjoy all the benefits of being the occupier I would have thought you pay it - that is before the moral dilemma discussio

micky alderson

12:44 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

I disagree with Neil Patterson this question is not interesting in any way at all , the tenant is liable no if's, no and's and no but's, the Police acted on the information given to them concerning a life or death situation , it would seem the writer of this post is more concerned about his door than his girlfriend , be happy she is alive , pay for the door , there are no free lunches or doors in the real World.

Mike T

12:57 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "micky alderson" at "08/08/2016 - 12:44":

I agree with you micky. Also, who was it that called the police ? knowing something was wrong ? How ?

Stephen Turner

13:06 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Sara Webb" at "08/08/2016 - 12:13":

In my case there was blood seen on the doorstep, no reply from within, however, it was a wooden door with a simple Yale lock, a simple shove could have sprung the lock but two officers took the door clean off its hinges and splintered all the door casing...god knows what they used to gain entry! That's why I complained....too excessive and dramatic.

Laura Delow

13:22 PM, 8th August 2016
About 2 years ago

I happen to agree that it should not be a cost down to the landlord but if you want to be sure Mark, why not contact My Deposits & ask them the same question as they are one of the main official bodies that protect tenants deposits & arbitrate when a landlord & tenant are in dispute over what damage a tenant is liable to pay when a landlord holds back some of the tenants deposit to cover damages at checkout.

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