I'm doing a rent by owner because of my giant dog. None of the managed company rentals in this area will rent to me (trust me, I looked).
This is driving me freaking nuts. There are all sorts of little broken things - a light in the bathroom, a frame around the window, etc. Nothing that would qualify my fixing it and deducting from rent (or I would do it).
It's like, do I want to pay $200 to replace a ceiling fan, deduct from rent, and then possibly lose out on that money and upgrade my landlord's property... or not?
I've seen (in landlord tenant cases) where light fixtures were considered non-essential (because you could get a lamp) or where they were.... It's 50/50.
[This message edited by hurtbs at 5:47 PM, August 19th (Monday)]
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If you did fix it and save the receipts could you in fact deduct it from the rent?
I was going to suggest this. Read the fine print in your rental agreement and definitely suggest it to her! When you suggest it, I would offer to get two quotes before having anything done, so that she knows you're not just going to go crazy with the bills.
I've seen situations where AC or Heat broke, mold, leaking water, bugs, etc. People having to move and then sue for deposits...
This is all minor annoyance shit. Still, I was at a place where if it took more than 24 business hours non-emergency, 1 hour emergent, and 5 minutes "oh my god water is leaking from the ceiling" it was a catastrophe!
In other words, if I fix the fan and other stuff landlord doesn't have to reimburse me.