Plumbing repairs and maintenance responsibilities are always a common point of contention between tenants and landlords. However, both of these parties have a specific role to play during the tenancy.
When it comes to the maintenance and repairs of any installations and features on rental premises, there can be confusion about which person is responsible for what. Both parties must be aware of the individual legal obligations and what their role is in the maintenance of specific installations and appliances.
About Hot Water System Replacement on a Rental Property
We at Better Plumbing offer high-quality solutions for different types of rental premises. Here is some information that can help:
- Before any tenant moves into that property, the landlord needs to make sure that it is in good condition and that all the appliances, features and installations are working correctly. It should be clean and safe as well as fit for a tenant to live there.
- In most cases, it is the landlord’s responsibility to manage installation and the maintenance and repair of gas, water, electric, and other features including roofing, ceiling windows and doors etc.
- All these become the landlord’s responsibility unless the tenant has caused damage to any of the features.
- The exact obligations of the landlord would be mentioned in the tenancy agreement. It is why both the parties must read and understand all the terms of the agreement thoroughly before they sign on the dotted line.
- The tenant needs to request a condition report copy from the landlord and take photographs of all the areas before they take possession.
Every landlord has to maintain the following fixtures and items in the condition that they were when the lease agreement was signed:
- Premises structure
- Equipment on the property
- The fixtures fittings and appliances provided by the landlord relating to various services, including water, electricity, and gas. This includes a hot water system and all the plumbing attached to it.
It Is Not The Landlord’s Responsibility To Maintain These Items If:
- The repair work is required because the tenant has misused that particular fixture or fitting.
- The tenant is required/entitled to remove that particular fixture or fitting at the end of their lease.
It is the tenant’s responsibility to ensure that all the fixtures fittings installations and items are in the same condition. They are required to keep the premises in good order and clean at all times.
In case of a hot water system emergency, if the landlord is not contactable, the tenant can get the repair work done after making a note of what is wrong. They need to get the opinion of a professional plumber.
However, the landlord would have to reimburse the costs of the hot water heater and installation charges. It is necessary that you contact your landlord and maintain a record of the attempts that you have made to reach them before you approach a plumber.
For any more information, feel free to contact Better Plumbing on this number – 0488 802 916. We offer same day bookings and service and you can send us your service request through this Contact Us form. Our team will contact you as soon as possible.