Faulty fridge, who pays for repairs?
Question from Don updated on 20th October 2006:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
Landlords are not required to provide appliances such as refrigerators. In this case you have supplied a refrigerator as an ‘extra’ in the tenancy. You are therefore responsible for maintaining this extra facility - this means if a problem is caused through ‘normal wear and tear’ you must pay to fix it. If damage or disrepair to the property or the facilities provided by the landlord is caused by the tenant intentionally or through carelessness the tenant will usually be responsible for paying for repairs. If the fuse was blown through normal wear and tear, it will be your responsibility to pay to have it fixed. In situations where you have supplied appliances we recommend discussing things like how to replace fuses when the tenant first moves in.
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