Plumbing: who pays, tenant or landlord?

A plumbing problem? Who pays: tenant or landlord, as part of an apartment or house rental? If the housing has a water leak, to whom is the load of plumbing repairs? Who has to call the plumber and settle it and are there special cases? We tell you everything.

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    • Rental repairs at the expense of the tenant Rental
  • repairs at the expense of the owner
  • In summary: tenant or landlord?

Water leak: tenant or landlord?

If water degradation or damage has occurred at the tenant’s house and it is absolutely necessary to call a plumber, who is responsible for repairs? There may be a dilemma about this . Depending on whether it is a accident, degradation, old-age facilities, or anomalies due to daily use, the tenant and the landlord can each be liable.

In some cases in particular, the tenant will have to call a plumber and take the costs of plumbing repairs to him. For a water leak, the tenant usually calls their landlord to ask him to handle the problem. In reality, it is necessary to know that if the water leak is due to a naturally worn clamping screw or a faulty seal , it is indeed the tenant who will have to take care of the repairs made by the plumber.

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Rental repairs at the expense of the tenant

The decree of 26 August 1987 on rental repairs clearly clarifies this point. The tenant is supposed to ensure proper maintenance of the dwelling and ensure that no leaks water is not possible due to lack of maintenance.

The replacement of seals and a clamping screw is the duty of the tenant and not that of the landlord, before any water leaks. When a tenant moves into a dwelling, it is also supposed to be supplied with equipment in good condition. The tenant to do these checks in order to avoid water leakage at all costs.

Rental repairs at the expense of the owner

Tenant and landlord are not liable in the same way in the face of a water leak. If the leakage of water is clearly due to the outage of plumbing equipment and the daily use by the tenant does not cause the leak, then the landlord will have to take charge of the bill for the necessary works and repairs.

Cases of rental repairs at the expense of the landlord :

  • Equipment is obsolete or had already been damaged prior to the signing of the lease;
  • The problem arises after the lease is signed between the tenant and the landlord: a clear lack of maintenance on the part of the landlord is at the root of the loss;

It can be a boiler, shower, toilet, sinks, piping and any plumbing equipment. If a dispute arises between the tenant and the landlord about a water leak, for example, it will be necessary to prove that the equipment is obsolete.

This is why during an inventory, it is strongly advisable to take photos and carefully note the condition of plumbing equipment, among others. These photos may be used if you have a problem obvious plumbing that should normally be managed by a recalcitrant owner.

In summary: tenant or landlord?

The tenant must perform the maintenance of the plumbing and keep proof of maintenance in the event of a disaster. He takes care of repairs for any problems due to insufficient maintenance.

The owner must offer accommodation in good condition of decency. If a water leakage problem was pre-existing at the signing of the lease with the tenant, the repair will be borne by the landlord. If the problem arises due to an external factor (natural disaster), the owner will also have to pay.

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