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.