Who is responsible for repairs?

By Tenant

Both the landlord and the tenant must be responsible to make certain and maintain a rental unit to be habitable and in good condition to future renters. Although landlords must be held responsible for guaranteeing that his rental unity is fit for humans.

Here is a list of the repairs a landlord must make.

  • Maintenance. Since the landlord is the owner of the rental unit then he has the responsibility for maintaining the condition of the house/ apartment for as long as the damages were not done by the tenant to make sure that the property is liveable.
  • Repairs to make sure unit is habitable. Even though the rental unit was being rented by a tenant the landlord still has the responsibility to make sure that rental unit is safe, clean and sanitary for humans.  This includes repairing conditions that extremely disturb the tenant’s human habitability.

Here are the kinds of repair a tenant must do.

  • Damages caused by pets. Any damages that are done by the tenant’s pets must be repaired by the tenant himself and not the landlord. The lease agreement often times does not include repairing any damages made by the tenant, his pets or guests to be paid for by the landlord.
  • Damages made during a fight. Broken windows or door jams caused by an extreme fight between the renters of the property or their children must be repaired by the renters. Or if they call someone to fix it, the renter is most likely the one responsible to pay for the repairman.

Once the determination of who caused the damages to the property was made, the repairs come after. If both parties refuse to pay for the repairs, then it becomes a big dispute between them that may sometimes lead to lawsuits filed by both of them to both of them.

Edited on: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 10:37 pm

15 Responses to “Who is responsible for repairs?”

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


March 14th, 2013 10:40 pm

Where can I get renters insurance?


March 15th, 2013 12:00 pm

What are the requirements for a house to be called liveable?


March 16th, 2013 1:20 am

WOW I never thought that even the tenants are responsible for repairs.


March 16th, 2013 2:20 pm

Can I ask for refund for the repairs I made to make the apartment I rented liveable?


March 17th, 2013 3:40 am

Can my landlord sue me for repairs?


March 17th, 2013 5:00 pm

Who can determine if the apartment is fit for human habitation?


March 18th, 2013 6:20 am

I have a leaking ceiling once and my landlord fixed the problem


March 18th, 2013 7:40 pm

I find it amusing when landlords and tenants both file for a lawsuit against each other when both of them are responsible for the damage on the property.


March 19th, 2013 9:00 am

Is it illegal for my landlord to ask for refund for the repairs he made on the house?


March 19th, 2013 10:20 pm

How can we determine whose fault it is for repairs to be made?


March 20th, 2013 11:40 am

Do we have to inform the landlord for any damages made to the houses even if it is a small one?


March 21st, 2013 1:00 am

Who is liable for broken pipes?


March 21st, 2013 2:00 pm

Both should be responsible for the apartment.


March 22nd, 2013 3:00 am

Responsibility is the key to having a good relationship.


March 22nd, 2013 4:20 pm

Pride only causes more trouble.


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