When a tenant is living in a rental housing unit, there may come a time when he or she has to contact the landlord for repairs.
However, most tenants don’t really know what they should expect from their landlord in terms of repairing appliances and other amenities in their homes. In some cases, it may be necessary for you as a tenant to also repair appliances in the home.
Knowing what to consider before you begin repairs can make this experience less stressful for all involved.
Things to Consider in Repairing or Replacing Rental Housing Appliances
1. Who Will Bear The Expense
Replacing or repairing rental housing expenses are usually shared by the landlord and tenant.
This is because it is common for rental housing appliances to break or malfunction on occasion, and both parties will benefit from having working appliances.
There may be issues with who will pay for certain expenses if they are often associated with misuse of the appliance (e.g., a microwave that has been abused).
2. Is It Permissible to Repair Appliances?
Since appliances and amenities are part of the rental housing agreement, it is usually permissible for tenants to repair them.
However, in some cases when repairs become extensive, they may require installation by a professional. This is why it’s important for everyone involved to know when things should be contracted out or replaced altogether.
3. Assessing The Damage
If there is damage to the appliance, it will need to be assessed before repairs can be made. This is especially important if the tenant has agreed to have certain appliances installed by a professional.
The cost of hiring an electrician or plumber may not outweigh replacing an appliance entirely, so it’s important for all parties involved to know what they’re getting into.
4. Time Is Of The Essence
When appliances break down, it’s important for you to either repair or replace them as soon as possible. This will keep your home and family safe and healthy throughout the duration of time that the appliance is out of commission.
Also, notifying your landlord in a timely fashion will help him or her plan to replace the appliance.
5. When Can Repairs Be Made
If you are expecting your landlord to make repairs in a timely fashion, it’s important for both parties involved to agree on when repairs can be made. This will prevent unexpected inconveniences if the tenant is counting on appliances working when he or she is expecting guests or company.
6. Professional Workmanship
Even if you are allowed to make repairs, it is important for you to consider hiring a professional in repairing appliances.
This is because many appliances are meant to be installed by professionals in order for them to function properly when they break down. Otherwise, the appliance may become damaged when it is improperly installed and repaired, and it may even break down again shortly after the repair has been made.
7. What Is The Cost of Replacement?
To replace any appliances that are broken or malfunctioning, it is important for you to know what the cost of replacement will be.
This is because replacing an appliance may not always be a viable option if the appliance is old and has very little resale value. This means that it may be more affordable for you to make repairs or get a new appliance than it would be to pay the cost of replacement.
8. What To Do If You Can’t Afford These Repairs
If you are not financially capable of making these types of repairs all at once, it is important for both parties involved to come up with a plan of action.
This may involve negotiating with your landlord so that you can pay the cost in installments until the repairs have been completed. Also, before you replace the appliance altogether, consider renting one from a rental equipment store to use until your broken appliances are repaired.
9. Legal Implications of Replacing or Repairing Appliances
It is important for you to know that there may be legal implications associated with repairing or replacing any appliances in your rental housing unit. This includes not only the appliances that are currently broken or malfunctioning, but also anything that has broken in the past.
10. Before You Buy New Appliances
Because parts may not be available for your old appliances, it is important to consider buying new ones before you repair anything.
This will help you to avoid spending money on repairs when more of them will probably need to be made soon after the appliance is repaired.
Housing appliances are an integral part of rental housing. They are especially important for the safety and health of every resident in the unit, so it is important for everyone involved to know when these repairs should be made.
Before making any repairs or replacements on your own, you should consult with your landlord about when he or she expects them to be made. This will keep you up-to-date with what is expected of you, and it will also help your landlord plan to replace or repair the appliances.
It is important for everyone involved to get on the same page about when repairs are made, how they are made, and who pays for these repairs. This way, there won’t be any unexpected consequences if the appliance breaks down again after it has been repaired.