Q&A: I need to replace broken appliances?

Question

Hi Sophia, I have a little question. In my apartment, the water heater is broken, but my landlord wants me to pay for it.

Answer

If it was broken because of normal use, then the landlord should pay for its repair or replacement. However, sometimes there are special exceptions about equipment maintenance in the terms of your signed rental contracts.

I would suggest looking over the exact wording of the contract to find out if these terms are included. If so, you would be expected to pay for its repair, even if you were not the direct cause of it breaking. However, if this clause is not present, there should be no need for you to pay for the water heater.

– Sophia

Has you landlord tried to get money for something you felt was their responsibility? Let us know your experiences below. Is there a legal question in China you’re wondering about? Leave a comment here or email Sophia at sophia@meldiculture.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *