Who Is Responsible for Rental Repairs?

Oh no, did something break in your rental property? Understanding who is responsible for repairs and what to do can be stressful, but it does not have to be. Our Madision County Illinois real estate attorneys have answers and the next steps for you. 

Check Your Lease Agreement

If something breaks in your leased property, you should first check your rental agreement. This document should outline which repairs the renter is liable for and which the landlord is responsible for.

What is the Landlord’s Responsibility?

Before making any assumptions about what you may be responsible for, make an effort to determine your landlord’s responsibility. There is no sense in investing time, energy, and money into a solution that you are not responsible for providing. Landlords are typically responsible for repairs due to regular age, wear and tear, and safety issues such as:

  • Pest infestations
  • Broken locks
  • Plumbing complications
  • Electrical complications
  • Heating complications
  • Visible mold

What Are Your Responsibilities as a Tenant?

Not everything is your landlord’s responsibility to fix; some repairs fall under the purview of tenants. Tenants are typically responsible for the following:

  • A tenant is typically responsible for repairs caused by themselves, such as:
  • Damages caused by a pet, such as scratched walls
  • Burnt-out lightbulbs
  • Damage caused by themselves or guests, such as broken light fixtures or appliances
  • Stains or smells from smoking inside a non-smoking property
  • Any complications that were left for an extended period without being reported and caused a worsening situation

Do you still need clarification regarding the required repairs in your rental property? Do not worry; we are here to help. Our team at Bassett & Gabriel Law Office P.C. has the experience and knowledge to help you every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at 618-486-1411.