What are a landlord’s maintenance responsibilities?

By Tenant

Based on rental laws, landlords must maintain his rental unit, meaning that he should do everything possible to make the unit habitable. And the tenant has the right to timely repairs to damages on the structure and the furniture alike that may cause safety and/or sanitary issues. Here’s a list of your landlords maintenance responsibilities for future reference:

  • Major Repairs. Most major problems that occur around the apartment or property are heat and plumbing.  When the tenant above you overflows the bathtub and leaks through the ceiling and soaks your things, the landlord is required by law to fix it within 24 hours. In some cases, landlord ignores this duty even with knowledge of the law. The next step is to take legal action. If it does come to you taking things to court, you should know that by law, the LL has a duty to maintain the unit while you are still there. He should make sure the place is liveable.
  • Minor Repairs. Not like Major Repairs that needs to be fixed immediately, the landlord may choose not to do minor repairs at all, unless stated in your lease agreement. Minor repairs include small holes in the wall or stains in the ceiling. Anything that has nothing to do with the liveability of the apartment is considered minor repairs.

Tenant caused damages. Landlord is still responsible in keeping his rental unit a liveable place. Rental laws protect the landlord in cases wherein the tenant is the one responsible for the damages of the rental unit. However, the landlord can bill the tenant directly for any costs of repairs and if the tenant cannot pay then the landlord can directly deduct the cost to the security deposit. The tenant will then have to replace the security deposit and the landlord can increase it since he can view the tenant as a risky one.

Edited on: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 1:40 am

15 Responses to “What are a landlord’s maintenance responsibilities?”

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


March 26th, 2013 2:00 am

This post is right. I’m a landlord and some tenants have been bugging me about the small holes in the wall or nails sticking out from old posters. Can’t they just fix it by themselves?


March 26th, 2013 12:00 pm

Sometime we tenants need to be oriented on what are considered major repairs and minor repairs. Thanks for this.


March 26th, 2013 9:40 pm

Where is the facebook like button? Lol.


March 27th, 2013 7:40 am

Even if the LL is responsible for the repairs


March 27th, 2013 5:20 pm

This post is one of the best I have read so far


March 28th, 2013 3:20 am

The tenant can make minor repairs


March 28th, 2013 1:20 pm

@poster: What if the stains in the ceiling actually are mold?


March 28th, 2013 11:00 pm

They can have it checked . If it is mold


March 29th, 2013 9:00 am

Is it legal for my landlord to increase my security deposit?


March 29th, 2013 7:00 pm

My landlord insists that I pay for the damages on the roof that was caused by a branch falling. Can I file for a complaint against him?


March 30th, 2013 5:00 am

I suggest you send an email to RPA’s support regarding the security deposit.


March 30th, 2013 3:00 pm

This is a good one.


March 31st, 2013 1:00 am

If the landlord doesn’t do major repairs


March 31st, 2013 11:00 am

This is a good guide for landlords.


March 31st, 2013 8:40 pm

Kudos @ poster.


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