Accidental damage

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7 years ago
One of my tenants reached to get something off a kitchen wall unit shelf. The shelf collapsed and a jar fell out and broke the glass of the induction hob.
My insurance has cover for this, but I expect the tenant to pay the excess (probably about £100).
The tenant, however, says the breakage was caused as a result of a faulty shelf, so is not his responsibility. I live abroad, so have not been able to inspect the shelf. Apparently there was not much on the shelf so I guess the tenant caught it with his hand, lifting it and dislodging the pins.
The tenant uses this shelf regularly, so I think he should have noticed if it was faulty in any way. If it is broken, I am tempted to assume that the tenant broke both the shelf and the hob glass.
I will have to have the hob repaired, but if the tenant won't contribute will I be able to withhold the cost from his deposit?

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