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“I have been a tenant in my current rental for 10 years. The home is 30-40 years old and the kitchen shows it – It’s outdated, the cupboard doors don’t line up, some drawers don’t close all the way and are broken. Would I be within my rights to request repairs or an update to the current kitchen? My rent keeps increasing so I’m unsure where I stand on this.” (Tenant, NSW)

Feature agent: Anna Gomes, Senior Property Manager at Raine & Horne Petersham.

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We asked Anna Gomes, Senior Property Manager with Raine & Horne Petersham for her advice.

Anna said in this situation, you should express your concerns on the state of the kitchen to your property manager and provide photos of the problem areas.

“Your landlord isn’t under any obligation to replace the kitchen, although they may consider this as an option depending on the condition,” she said.

Anna said your landlord may alternatively look to complete remedial repairs to improve the manageability of the kitchen.

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So short answer: No. Rather, your landlord’s obligation is to ensure that your apartment has working cabinets, a stove, sink, refrigerator, etc and, more importantly, that they all function correctly.

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Anna Gomes

Committed to delivering top-level service, Anna demonstrates a multitude of skills including client relations, management operations and creative problem-solving in the fast-paced property management environment.