Your Renting A Furnished Home: Who Pays For Appliance Repair?

Posted on: 29 May 2015

When you rent a home it is your landlord's responsibility to maintain a habitable environment. However, the type of repairs needed and who is at fault help determine who pays. Some homes come furnished with appliances, like a refrigerator, dishwasher, or washer and dryer. When these appliances are part of the home, it can be confusing when determining who is responsible for appliances that are not working properly. Just remember, there are responsibilities for you, the renter, and the landlord, and knowing these can help you maintain a good renter/landlord relationship.

Understanding The Definition of "habitable"

For a home or apartment to be considered habitable, it must be fit for occupation by human beings. This means the home must comply with all housing and building code standards that can affect a person's health and safety. Homes may be considered nonhabitable if they lack any of the following:

  • A working plumbing system, including showers, sinks and toilets
  • Safe and working heating system 
  • An electrical system that is up to code and in works properly
  • Windows and proper ventilation

It is up to you as a renter to walk through a home and inspect it before renting, so you don't end up in a legal battle over properly working necessities, like plumbing.

Responsibilities Of A Landlord

While your landlord is responsible for keeping a home a clean and safe environment for you and your family, he or she is only responsible for certain repairs around the home. When it comes to furnished appliances, legally the landlord's responsibility is to repair the things that keep your home habitable, like heat, plumbing, electricity, and not appliances. However, most landlords will pay to repair appliances they furnished as long as the tenant did not abuse them or are responsible in some way for their malfunction. 

When renting a home or apartment that comes with appliances, look over your lease carefully. The terms of the lease should state who is responsible for appliance repairs and under what circumstances. If it does not, you need to discuss this with your potential landlord before moving in.

Your Responsibilities As A Renter

As a renter, you are legally responsible to keep the home and the grounds in good condition. You have to shell out the money to pay for repairs to appliances, walls, carpets, or any items in the home that are damaged by you or your visitors. So, if you've misused appliances, you must pay to have them repaired or replaced.

Be honest with your landlord about the problem, and discuss if there are any warranties for the appliance in question. Whether you or the landlord is responsible for repairs, contact a local appliance repair service like Central Appliance Service to get a quote and get the job done.