Something breaks in a rented apartment — who pays to fix it?

The general rules are common sense

What if something breaks and it wasn’t your fault?

Costs that tenants are usually responsible for

  • drainage systems (e.g. a clogged sink),
  • light switches and electrical outlets, as well as fuses (but the electrical wiring in the walls is the landlord’s responsibility!)
  • home heating fixtures and appliances… more specifically, the minor repairs of e.g. stoves and/or radiators (including the repair, maintenance and replacement of worn parts), but not the replacement of an entire heater or heating system (that would be the owner’s responsibility)
  • furniture, flooring, flooring, carpets, etc.
  • kitchen appliances (including refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves, etc.)

Costs that landlords/owners are usually responsible for

  • fixes enabling the tenants to use water (this refers to e.g. the pipes in the walls of the unit, not the faucet your bodybuilding boyfriend accidentally ripped apart after a good workout)
  • electrical installations (the wiring in the walls)
  • fixtures enabling tenants to use heat (e.g. the pipes that lead to radiators, whereby e.g. a radiator adjustment knob is an expense on the part of the tenant) and heating furnaces/systems,
  • doors and windows



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