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A landlord’s question about whether he should fix a tenant’s broken shower has put him at odds with other real estate investors.
In a post to the Landlords Australia group this week, the property owner asked whether it was his or the tenant’s responsibility to replace a shower head that broke during the tenant’s use.
The post sparked dozens of responses unanimously criticizing the landlord for trying to prevent the item from being purchased.
“Please tell me you’re not serious.” “Tenants are not responsible for replacing or repairing fixed items,” said one commenter.
Other commenters asked if the landlord was joking and noted that the shower head looked cheap and worn out.
Some noted that it was stingy landlords like him who ruined others’ good reputations.
A landlord has been criticized after trying to evade repairing a broken shower head by asking whether it should be the tenant’s responsibility (pictured).
Some even noted that a similar item purchased at a hardware store would cost less than $50 new.
“Landlords hack, buy cheap interiors that break easily, and then ask tenants to replace them with better ones,” one person joked.
Under Australian tenancy laws, tenants are generally responsible for cleaning the property and repairing any damage if they have caused it, while landlords are responsible for maintaining the condition of the property through general wear and tear.
If a fixture in a rental property breaks and has not been used improperly, it is the landlord’s responsibility to fix the problem.
A similar item is available at hardware stores for about $50 (pictured).