“As a tenant, is there any situation where I would be required to pay for painting and/or renovation to be done on my rental? Or is this always the responsibility of the landlord?” Tenant, NSW

We asked Senior Property Manager at Mint360property, Nancy Vieria, for her advice.

“As a tenant in New South Wales, it is expected that the landlord will pay for reasonable repairs,” Nancy said.

“Generally, property damage related to fair wear and tear is the landlord’s responsibility, while accidental or malicious damage caused by the tenant is the tenant’s responsibility.”

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Reasonable wear and tear could include
– Paint flaking and peeling
– Carpets or floors worn due to day-to-day use
– Warped kitchen cabinet doors that won’t close
– Loose grouting and bathroom tiles

“This falls under the responsibility of the landlord to repair,” Nancy said. “Should a landlord want to complete renovations in their rental property, this would fall under their responsibility.”

“Any malicious or accidental damage to the property caused by a tenant is the tenant’s responsibility.”

“You should always report this promptly to ensure no further damage is done.  Malicious damages include a hole punched in a wall, graffiti, and doors knocked off their hinges.”

Accidental damage could include
– Red wine spilled on the carpet
– A crack in a window

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Nancy Vieria
Nancy Vieria
Senior Property Manager at Mint360property

Nancy Vieria is the Senior Property Manager at Mint360property in Randwick, New South Wales. Mint360property's expert real estate team has a combined 150 years of industry experience. The company provide expertise and services across sales, property management, project marketing, commercial/retail sales and management. The office was founded in 2010 and is privately held.