As a general rule the landlord is responsible for the repair and maintenance of prime cost items such as a stove or air conditioner, and the structure. Even if the repair is required through the fault and negligence of the tenant the repair should be carried out by the landlord and cost passd on to the tenant.

The tenant is not responsible for normal wear and tear. This is why the condition report at the start and end of a tenancy is important. However, the tenant is required to carry out normal upkeep and maintenance such as keeping the premises clean and tidy. The tenant must report a major fault to the landlord as soon as possible to mitigate further damage to the premsies.

The responsibilities of the parties are covered in the standard residential leas agreement. Variations to the standard must be clearly detailed in the lease agreement.