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4 Frequently Asked Renovation Questions from Renters

Can your landlord shoulder some of the costs?

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

The downside of renting is that you can't just work on major renovations to spruce up the space. Your landlord or landlady may have specific regulations as stated in your contract. However, when it comes to basic home improvement projects like fixing pipes and damaged electric sockets, you can inform him or her about it as they should be able to handle the costs. Here are common inquiries that you should also take note of:

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I want to install a heater in the bathroom. Is it ok to do this and can the landlord pay for it?

Check if your contract allows you to make leasehold or practical home improvements (pipes, exhaust fans, doorbells). Your landlord may pay you half the cost of improvement. Otherwise, remove it when the lease expires.

My rental home has broken pipes. Who should repair it?

It’s the landlord’s job to keep his property safe and fit to live in. If your landlord is too busy to accommodate you, pay for the immediate repairs first and have it charged to the landlord. 

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Can I install a new glass door to my rental home? Will my landlord shoulder it?

When it comes to décor upgrades, the landlord is not obliged to reimburse things that fall under beautification of the home. When your lease expires, you can remove these enhancements. However, be sure that you ask permission from your landlord first before you proceed with your project.

I sublease the property I was renting and now the windowpane is broken. Who will pay for it?

For damages made to the property, the landlord can directly charge the sublessee (the person who’s been renting from you). The landlord can also directly hold the sublessee liable for any rent due. 

Photo by Louie Aguinaldo.

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