Who is responsible for what?

By Tenant

When it comes to paying an exterminator for bug and pest infestations or repairs for a damage roof due to water leaking, who really is responsible for it? There are times when the bill is being paid by the landlord himself, the tenant or the bill is evenly split between the two of them. That is after determining who is responsible for the infestations or the leak.

If you are a prospective tenant always remember to read your lease agreement with regards to repairs and bug infestations before signing it. Make sure it is stated there who is responsible for paying when the bill comes because sometimes it becomes a very big issue between a tenant and a landlord. It is better to put everything in to writing to prevent future disputes.

By the time you experience problems in your apartment make sure before you rant to your landlord always review your lease agreement first. When it comes to repairs you can ask assistance from a professional to determine who is responsible for the damage in order for you to know if the responsibility for paying the repairman is yours or your landlord. You can also ask the professional what exactly is the cost of repairs if the responsibility of payment falls solely on the hand of your landlord or the apartment complex. Being a responsible tenant and having a good relationship with your landlord is the best key to live peaceful and stay long in an apartment you are renting.

Being a tenant does not stop with just paying the rent and the utilities, when problems arrive like pest infestations, water leaking and repairs sometimes you are still somehow responsible for it.  The determination whether a tenant or a landlord is responsible to pay the repair bills is very important.

Edited on: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 11:35 pm

15 Responses to “Who is responsible for what?”

My response: (We welcome stories, examples, explanations, answers and a touch of your personality)


March 8th, 2013 12:00 am

Right! It is really important to have everything put into writing.


March 8th, 2013 10:00 am

Having to fight with your landlord because of repairs is really a fuss.


March 8th, 2013 8:00 pm

It is frustrating to experience things like that.


March 9th, 2013 6:20 am

What if the problem is brought by my neighbour?


March 9th, 2013 4:20 pm

It sucks having a bad relationship with your landlord.


March 10th, 2013 2:20 am

Preventing disputes is better than having disputes every time with your landlord.


March 10th, 2013 12:40 pm

How can I split the expense with my landlord?


March 10th, 2013 10:40 pm

My neighbour wouldn’t pay for the damage he did to our apartment due to water leak.


March 11th, 2013 8:40 am

As a landlord it a big hassle to our part to pay for repairs when in fact it was the tenant’s fault in the first place.


March 11th, 2013 7:00 pm

Can I request my landlord to pay for a professional to determine who caused the leak in our apartment?


March 12th, 2013 5:20 am

How I wish there is a landlord out there that is not crooked like the landlord I have right now.


March 12th, 2013 3:40 pm

Can I sue my landlord if he doesn’t pay for the repairs?


March 13th, 2013 1:40 am

My lease agreement doesn’t have anything that says who is responsible for repairs


March 13th, 2013 11:40 am

I do not have a lease but I am on a monthly rent with my landlord


March 13th, 2013 10:00 pm

A good relationship with your landlord is really a key to solving repair problems in a breeze.


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