Is a broken window the landlord's or tenant's responsibility?
A front window on my house was broken and I would like to know if it is the tenant or landlord who is financially responsible for repair costs.
The basic principle, that governs responsibility to rented places, is that normal wear and tear is the landlord's responsibility, while the tenant has to pay for any damage caused by their actions that amount to deliberate damage or negligence.
Absent something definite to prove otherwise, either way, this usually translates to a front window that's broken from the outside being the landlord's job, while if it's broken from the inside, the tenant pays. The random events from the street or the sidewalk that could have caused this all are part of the "normal wear and tear" on front windows, as long as the tenants weren't themselves involved.
The landlord would typically be responsible for all repairs like this except:
1) If the tenant, tenant's family, or tenant's guest broke the window--then tenant would have to pay. (This is in large part the purpose of a security deposit.)
2) If the lease says that the tenant would be responsible for this repair.
Again, the norm or default is landlord pays, but there are conditions under which tenant is responsible, the most common one being the tentant caused the damage.