What are my rights regarding repairs?
(updated on Wednesday, March 04th 2009)
Our Experts Answer:Responsibility for replacement of light bulbs is not specifically covered by the Residential Tenancies Act, and may depend on the circumstances of each case. In general, my advice is to make it clear at the start of the tenancy which party will be responsible for replacing light bulbs. I suggest that you talk to the tenant to see if an agreement can be reached as to who will pay the cost of the repair person in this case, and to agree how to manage this in future. If you and your tenant can’t agree, you can apply to the Tenancy Tribunal to resolve the matter. To discuss your situation further, you can contact the Department of Building and Housing on 0800 TENANCY (0800 836 262).
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