What happens if a repair is urgent and the tenant is required to pay?

Published in: January 2017

There’ll of course be circumstances where repairs are urgently required and there is no choice but for a tenant to arrange for repairs to be made immediately. A tenant may arrange for urgent repairs to be carried out to the rented property if the tenant:

  • has taken reasonable steps to arrange for the landlord or the landlord’s agent to immediately carry out the repairs; and
  • is unable to get the landlord or agent to carry out the repairs.

If a tenant does have to use their own money in undertaking any urgent repairs, in New South Wales and Victoria, tenants can be reimbursed for up to $1000 or such other prescribed amount, and within 14 days, must provide written notice to the landlord about the costs associated in organising for the urgent repairs to be undertaken.

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