“The real estate agent I’m renting through won’t do any maintenance on the property I’m in. What do I do?”
We asked Property Manager with Harcourts Mandurah, Sam Delaney for her advice on this question.
Sam said the owner is obligated to ensure that the property is well maintained. Maintenance falls into two categories: Repairs that are necessary for the supply of an essential service, and non-urgent repairs.
“If the maintenance required is of an urgent nature, for example, the loss of an essential service, I would discuss this directly with your property manager, and follow-up with an email and the company’s licensee, making them aware of the 24 hours to have the issue rectified,” Sam said.
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Other repairs that are deemed as necessary (but not an essential service,) which could cause a tenant hardship should be organised within 48 hours.
Another option may be to issue a breach notice. This gives the owner 14 days to rectify the items raised.
Failure to rectify the breach would mean an application to a court.
“Please be aware that not all maintenance is required to be carried out (i.e. cosmetic details),” Sam said.
We’ll be posting answers to reader questions every week. If you have a question you think would be interesting to see answered here, please let us know!
- I’m waiting on repairs and maintenance. Why does it take so long?
- The property owner lives overseas – what do I do about repairs?
- Minor repairs on my rental: What can I do?
- I’ve caused some property damage. What should I do?
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