Do Property Managers Pay for Repairs? Your Guide to Rental Property Repairs (Landlord vs. Tenant)

by Ashwini
Do Property Managers Pay for Repairs

For rental properties, who’s responsible for footing the bill of repairs – the tenant or the landlord, can often be a point of contention. While property managers can play a role in facilitating repairs, they typically aren’t the ones paying for them. This blog post will break down the who, what, and why of repair responsibility in rental properties.

Understanding Repair Responsibilities in a Rental Property

The general rule of thumb is that landlords are responsible for repairs due to “normal wear and tear.” This refers to the natural deterioration of a property through everyday use and aging. Examples include:

  • Leaky faucets due to worn-out washers
  • Peeling paint due to normal aging
  • Minor electrical issues like flickering lights (if not caused by faulty appliances)

On the other hand, tenants are typically responsible for repairs caused by their negligence or improper use of the property. This could include:

  • Broken windows or damaged doors
  • Clogged drains due to misuse (e.g., disposing of grease or foreign objects)
  • Carpet stains or burns beyond normal wear and tear

When Does the Landlord Typically Cover Repairs?

Here’s a closer look at situations where the landlord is likely responsible for repairs:

  • Normal Wear and Tear: As mentioned earlier, repairs due to everyday use fall on the landlord’s shoulders.
  • Major Repairs: Significant repairs to maintain the property’s functionality are the landlord’s responsibility. (Examples include: roof damage, major plumbing issues, or electrical problems affecting the entire unit.)
  • Structural Issues: The landlord is responsible for repairs related to the building’s structural integrity, such as foundation cracks or major plumbing leaks affecting the entire building.

When Does the Tenant Typically Cover Repairs?

While tenants enjoy the property, they are also responsible for certain repairs:

  • Damage Caused by Tenant Negligence: Repairs needed due to the tenant’s carelessness or improper use of the property fall on the tenant.
  • Minor Repairs Specified in Agreement: Some tenancy agreements might outline specific minor repairs the tenant is responsible for, such as replacing light bulbs or smoke detector batteries.

Importance of a Clear Tenancy Agreement

A well-defined tenancy agreement is crucial for both landlords and tenants. It should clearly outline the responsibilities of each party regarding repairs, including:

  • Who is responsible for specific types of repairs (normal wear and tear vs. tenant damage)
  • The process for requesting repairs (e.g., written notification procedures)
  • Timeframes for addressing repair requests
  • Frequency of inspections (important for identifying potential issues early on)

Do Property Managers Pay for Repairs?

It’s important to note that while property managers facilitate repairs and maintenance, the financial responsibility does not fall on them. Instead, the costs are typically covered by either the landlord or the tenant, depending on the nature of the repair and the terms outlined in the tenancy agreement. Property managers help ensure that repairs are conducted promptly and efficiently, adhering to the agreed-upon responsibilities.

Communication is Key

Clear and timely communication between landlords and tenants is essential when dealing with repairs. Tenants should promptly notify their landlord or property manager of any repair needs. Landlords should respond promptly and arrange for repairs within a reasonable timeframe.


Understanding who pays for repairs in a rental property helps both landlords and tenants manage their expectations and avoid misunderstandings. By having a clear tenancy agreement and maintaining open communication, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free rental experience.

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