In some tenancy matters, the legislation is “silent” on whether it is the Landlord or Tenant who may be responsible for rectifying a particular issue. Quite a common example of this is dealing with mould in the bathroom. Listed below are responses sourced directly from the Residential Tenancies Authority and us here at RE/MAX Profile – hopefully this helps to clarify any confusion:
The Act does not make specific reference to mould, but it does detail requirements about the standard maintenance of a property throughout the agreement.
- It is the responsibility of the tenant to notify the property manager/owner of any serious/extensive mould problem.
- If the mould is a result of an issue in the property, such as a roof leak, it is generally the property owner/landlord’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 property manager/owner 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. However if there is no exhaust fan in the bathroom or no security screens on the bathroom window for example to allow proper ventilation then it becomes a little more difficult to prove a tenant liable for this. If the mould is a result of a structural issue, e.g. a roof leak, then the lessor would be liable for the repairs.
Please feel free to contact our office and speak to one of our Property Managers should you have any questions relating to your property.
On a lighter note – If you haven’t already heard, RE/MAX Profile is hosting a charity ball this Saturday at the Marriot for the Make a Wish foundation. It will be a fantastic evening with live entertainment, 3 course meal and plenty of auctions throughout the night with proceeds going to Make a Wish. We still have tickets available and would love to see you there!
Please find below ball invitation which include the links to donate (at the bottom) and to buy tickets.