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Ask a real estate pro: Who has to pay for window broken by stray golf ball?

Q: We recently moved next to a golf course, and an errant ball broke one of our windows. We called the clubhouse, but they did not want to help. Are we on the hook to pay for a new window? 

 

A: Living on a golf course means living with golf balls.

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While the golfer who broke your window should own up and take responsibility, she is not legally responsible for the damage if she was otherwise playing normally.

 

Golfers need to take ordinary care when playing, but sometimes even the best golfers will hit a wild shot. If she was acting negligently when it happened, perhaps taking a running start like in the movies, then she would have been on the hook.

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