Reader Question: 

“The real estate agent I’m renting through won’t do any maintenance on the property I’m in. What do I do?”

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“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.

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 application to court.

“Please be aware that not all maintenance is required to be carried out (i.e. cosmetic details),” Sam said.

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With a long history in Real Estate, Sam brings with her years of knowledge and wisdom to guide and aid all her clients in the right direction, thus providing them with the service and reliability each of her customers deserve.


  1. Hi I’m renting privately and the landlord hasn’t fixed anything I’ve told him about or even looked at them. Like the air conditioner hasn’t worked for 2yrs now. And the lounge room and hallway leak water every time it rains. It runs down the walls and you find puddles of water all the time and the roof is bowing from the water in roof. And he is dumping the sewage on the lawn when it is full. It doesn’t matter if our kid’s are playing out there or if we are having a BBQ he will still do it. What can we do to get something done about it.