“I have two months left on my current fixed-term lease. 1 month ago, I put in a written complaint about water dripping onto my bed from the ceiling some nights. I have had no reply from either the owner or the agent about my roof leak. Can I break my lease without a break lease fee?” – Bruce
When a roof leak occurs…
We asked Principal/Business Manager at Ray White Leading Edge, Tricia Gilbert for her advice.
“I would contact the Agent again notifying them of the water leak and to confirm whether they have received your previous correspondence,” Tricia said.
“It may be the case that they have organised a contractor to attend but the contractor may not have contacted you as yet.”
Tricia said it is the Lessor’s responsibility to maintain the property.
“Unless the property becomes uninhabitable, then the lease still stands, as do the charges to break the lease,” she said.
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Tricia Gilbert is the Principal, Licensee and Property Manager of Next Level Property Management & Sales in Joondalup, Western Australia. Tricia has worked with Next Level since 2019 and was formerly the Principal and Business Development Manager with Ray White Leading Edge in Clarkson. She is a Certified Practising Real Estate Agent (CPREA). Tricia holds a Triennial Licence and Property Management Licence issued by the WA Department of Commerce. In 2014, Tricia won Property Manager of the Year - WA Metropolitan at the annual Ray White Awards.