Repairs & maintenance

Repairs & maintenance

Who is responsible for maintaining gardens?

"I've just moved into a unit in Melbourne. Who needs to maintain the gardens? How do I know?" (Tenant, VIC) Living in a rental property...

Who is responsible for cleaning gutters? Landlords or tenants?

"Whose responsibility is it to clean the gutters at your property? The tenant or the landlord, and why?" Tenant, WA We asked Property Exchange Department...

Are landlords or tenants responsible for plumbing maintenance?

Rental properties require a lot of maintenance to ensure they remain fit to reside in. Both the landlord and the tenant have a responsibility...

Who is responsible for lightbulbs? Renters or landlords?

"As a tenant in SA, what happens when my lightbulbs stop working at home?" (Tenant, SA) Lights and your rental We asked Adriana at DIY Property Management for her advice: "In...

Who is responsible for pool care, landlords or tenants?

Reader Question "In WA, who is required to maintain a swimming pool to a reasonable standard? I was concerned at the state of the pool...

I’ve caused some property damage. What should I do?

Reader Question:  "What should I do if I damage something in the property I'm renting and/or if something in the property falls into disrepair?" -...

Do I have to repair my broken towel rail?

Reader Question "The towel rail in my bathroom has broken out of the plaster. I noticed that there is no timber behind the plaster to...

Outstanding repair requests and bills: How do I deal with them?

Reader Question:  "I moved into my rental four months ago. In the first week, I reported a number of issues (cistern in the toilet leaking...

I’m waiting on repairs and maintenance. Why does it take so long?

Reader Question: "Why can it take a landlord so long to issue repairs on my rental property? Is there anything I can do to speed...

Do I need to replace the glass on my broken cooktop?

Reader Question:  "I accidentally dropped a pot on a brand new cooktop. It broke a small piece of the glass. It will cost $1,200 to replace...