September 24, 2018

According to the law, property owners are required to adhere to certain rules and regulations. For example, they are required to provide a written lease violation document.

They should also cater for the plumbing systems and electrical systems. However, when it comes to appliances, many landlords are unsure of what the law requires them to provide for their tenants. Often, a disagreement arises between the two parties – landlords and tenants- on what the new house should contain.

Implied Warranty of Habitability

Landlords are required to do all that they can to make the house habitable for humans. This is what is called the warranty of habitability. There are minimal levels of safety and function that a rental should have. This standard varies from one state to the other. These include:

  • Working water and plumbing system
  • Sewage disposal system
  • Proper garbage disposal system
  • Proper electric system
  • Windows and doors that are water resistant
  • Pest free house
  • There should be no safety issue or hazards

The landlord is in charge of repairs. Alternatively, he can call a specialist or handyman to fix any damage or repairs. The California state laws, for example, dictate that the tenants repair any damage made by themselves, their guests or their pets. The warranty of habitability does mention that they should supply tools neither does it mention that appliances are regarded as requirements. 

The Big Question: Should Landlords Supply Appliances?

The law does not state anywhere that tools should indeed be supplied. Most tenants assume that implements such as dishwasher, stoves, and fridges should be in every house.

The law only says that the landlords should meet the minimum standard. Appendages are not included in the list. They are above the minimum standard.

Some of the tenants get frustrated and feel like the landlords are denying them their right. Some feel like he or she is incompetent and avoiding their duties when they fail to provide implements to the tenants. A good landlord should educate the tenants on the state laws to clear the air.

Tenants who like to move with their appendages prefer the appendages free rental house. They are at an advantage since they know who is in charge of repairs and they know how to care, use and maintain the implements.

What is the Value of Supplying Home Appliances?

A house that has appendages is enticing to several prospective clients. Most of the people who rent house lack a lot of furniture and implements. They include college students and professionals who are young and single. A full house with implements will be preferred.

Landlords also supply implements due to high market competition. Tenants are more likely to rent a house that supplies appliances, as they will feel they are getting more from their money. The landlords have to make a choice, to either reduce the rent or provide implements in order to attract clients.

Including Appliances in the Lease Agreement

Since the landlord is supplying the appliances, the items should be maintained just like other systems. The landlords should be responsible and be in charge of wear and improper functioning among other problems.

The tenants are also accountable for the implements. The tenants cover any mechanical damage. In the rental agreement of most tenants is a clause that gives details in regards to appendages. Details are: what types of implements are provided, who is in charge of repairs and how to care for the home tools.

Inspect the house during moving in so that during moving out, both tenants and landlords can compare in order to assess damages.

Repairing Appliances

As a tenant, in the event that appliances break down, you should notify the landlord both in person and in writing. The landlord is given a reasonable amount of time; the court usually gives 30 days to do the repairs.

Failure to do so then the tenant may do the repairs using repair and deduction method. The tenant hires a handyman who will fix the repair at a reasonable price. At the end of the month, they deduct the cost from the rent money. The tenants should have a written notification before following this method.

Conclusion

When looking for a house, many tenants opt for a house that has most of the necessities such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine, and a stove. It is therefore difficult for a landlord to rent out a house without these basic amenities. The law, on the other hand, does not state that it is illegal when the landlord does not supply the appendages. It all depends on the desire of the landlords. It could also be dependent on the lease agreement signed by both parties.

Do you think a law should be made to ensure that all landlords supply appliances to houses?

About the Author: Tommy Rosenfield is a freelance writer and tutor at ResumeWriterReviews Service. He studied journalism at New York University. Also, he loves football, camping, household, and healthy living. Now, as a dad of two, he is constantly on the lookout for tips and tricks to make life easier and spend more time with his family.

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