Lightbulbs and Mould… Who’s Responsible – Landlord or Tenant?

lightbulbs and mouldThe Act does not make specific reference to mould, but it does detail requirements about the standard maintenance of a property throughout the agreement.

Fast facts

  • It is the responsibility of the tenant to notify the agent or lessor of any serious/extensive mould problem.
  • If the mould is a result of an issue in the premises, such as a roof leak, it is generally the lessor’s responsibility to clean the mould and make any repairs necessary to maintain the property in good repair.
  • If the tenant caused the mould, they are responsible for its removal and may have to pay for to repair any damage caused.
  • At the first sign of any problem, the lessor/agent and tenant should discuss the issue.

An example of who’s responsible

If the tenant continually allowed steam to build up in the bathroom without proper ventilation and/or regular cleaning, resulting in mould, then the tenant may be liable. If the mould is a result of a structural issue, e.g. a roof leak, then the lessor would be liable for the repairs.

Notify your lessor/agent/manager as soon as you become aware of a mould issue.



 Fast facts

  • It is not specified in the Act who is responsible for supplying or replacing light bulbs.
  • Common industry practice is that the lessor/agent/manager is responsible for maintaining specialised bulbs, and the tenant/resident is responsible for the replacement of everyday bulbs.
  • The tenant and lessor/agent/manager should discuss this at the start of the tenancy and agree who is responsible for maintenance or replacement of light bulbs. This should be detailed in the tenancy agreement.
  • If changing a bulb requires specialist knowledge or specialist equipment, changing the bulb may be part of the lessor/agent’s responsibility to maintain the premises.

The provision of light bulbs should be specified in the Entry Condition Report.

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