Renting an apartment and think you need a new appliance?
Here, in this article, ‘appliances’ refer to those items that were already there when you moved in.
Let’s take a look at when you can get an appliance replaced, and how to ask for one.
What are Your Lease Terms?
Before politely asking the complex for new appliances, check your lease terms.
Generally, if the appliance is defunct due to improper use, you may be financially responsible for replacing the appliance.
On the other hand, if it just stopped working, the financial responsibility likely falls on the landlord (check the lease though).
When Can You Get an Appliance Replaced?
Generally, appliance replacements take place when you report it to the landlord and one of the following occurs:
- The device has stopped working
- There is a noticeable defect.
- The device is faulty.
In addition to calling, you should put any appliance replacement request in writing. The landlord will likely send out a maintenance person or repair technician to check it out.
If the appliance cannot be repaired, it is likely that the device will be replaced.
What Should Your Appliance Replacement Request Contain?
When you write to the landlord for an appliance replacement, your written document should include:
- Reason for the replacement request.
- Issues with the appliance (be specific, when I do this ____, this is what happens ___).
- History of Repair Attempts
- Times when the appliance wasn’t working.
While your request may not be granted, you are more likely to get a replacement if you have a genuine reason and well-documented case.
Can You Replace the Appliance On Your Own?
It may feel like the easiest solution to replace the appliance on your own and send the bill to the landlord or property manager, but you may be violating the lease terms and could end up with substantially higher out-of-pocket costs. Unless you have explicit written permission from the landlord, you should not seek to install appliances on your own.
If you are looking for an appliance replacement for your apartment, be sure to put your requests in writing so that you have proof if you need to take up the matter more urgently.