Publishers Building Co. v. Miller

In Publishers Building Co. v. Miller (1946) 25 Wn.2d 927 172 P.2d 489, a boiler on the leased premises was found to be cracked and inoperable. An employee of the lessee notified the lessor's agent, who had the boiler repaired at the lessor's expense. (Id. at p. 491.) The lessor sued the lessee to recover the cost of repairs. The issue at trial and on appeal was which party--the lessor or lessee--was responsible for the cost of repairs under the terms of the lease. (Ibid.) The Washington Supreme Court concluded only that the lessee was liable for the expense incurred by the lessor to repair the boiler. (Id. at p. 496.)