In general, the burden of the cost for repair lies on the shoulder of the landlord. When the landlord does not resolve the issue, the tenant has the right to withhold the rent or move out of the premises. Since the landlord is required to ensure that the unit is suitable for the living condition of the tenant, the landlord is responsible to make the repairs.
However, this law is not meant to be abused by the tenant. When the damage has been caused by the tenant, the landlord has the right to charge the cost of repair to the tenant. They can deduct the cost against the security deposit. For example, if the washing machine of the tenant leaks and it causes damage to the property, the tenant can be charged for the damage on top of the repair for the property.
As a general rule, the landlord is responsible for the upkeep of the plumbing and pipes. This is because they are part of their property. Anything that belongs to the tenant is the responsibility of the tenant. When the tenant has noticed that the plumbing or pipelines are prone to damage, the tenant should inform the landlord.
Once the tenant has notified the landlord of the damage on the property, the landlord must act upon this immediately. This is part of the tenant’s right to have a unit that is suitable for living. It is important to set a reasonable time for the landlord to act upon the damage.
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