REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
My lease agreement says that the tenant is responsible for all repairs. I thought the landlord was responsible for repairs?
In all residential leases, the landlord has a speonsibility to keep the rental property in
maintaining the building structure and keeping op rational systems such as the electric, heating,
and plumbing. The landlord is so responsible for r pairing any appliances including heating
and air conditioning included in the rental unit. A landlord is further responsible for meeting all
local ordinances and minimum safety standards. The tenant should notbe charged for repairs
caused by ordinary wear and tear. Before a landlord can be required to make a repair, he must be
problem needing repair. The tenant should keep a copy as a record of any such notice.
The landlord promised to replace the carpet before I moved in. I have been living here for three (3) months. Now the landlord says that there was no agreement to replace the carpet and that he does not intend to replace it. What can I do?
The landlord may be responsible for fulfilgina verbal promise t replace the carpet.
You would have to go to court, prove the proise was made, and ask the court to enforce the
promise. If there are no witnesses to the verbal agreement and the landlord denies it, your ability
to enforce the promise may depend on whether a judge believes you or your landlord. The better
way to handle this type of situation is to have awritten agreement of all promises to repair made
by the landlord at the time you mve in. The landlord will beless likely to deny making such
promises when they are in writing.