What falls under Minor Repair

Discuss about life in Singapore. Ask about cost of living, housing, travel, etiquette & lifestyle. Share experience & advice with Singaporeans & expat staying in Singapore.
Post Reply
Zexon
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 3:34 pm

What falls under Minor Repair

Post by Zexon » Mon, 27 Jul 2015 3:41 pm

Hi Expats,

I have some questions to ask and hope the expats will be able to help with good supportive answers.

What are the things that falls under Minor Repairs?

Problem - I'm staying in a unit for almost 1 year plus. Of late, the water tap seems to be leaking and i had informed my landlord of this. He managed to find a contractor to come and replace the tap and when his contractor came, he told us that the leak was cause by wear and tear of the rubber inside the tap.

So checking thru my agreement, thats a clause stating that tenants are suppose to maintain the unit except fair wear and tear.

So do i still pay for it? or the landlord should be taking care of the replacement of the tap.?

bgd
Manager
Manager
Posts: 1684
Joined: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 4:09 pm

Re: What falls under Minor Repair

Post by bgd » Mon, 27 Jul 2015 3:48 pm

Look at your TA, there is usually a clause that says tenant will pay the first $150 or similar. I'd say replacing a washer on a tap is a minor and should be covered by you. Next time you'll know how to do it and save some $. :wink:

User avatar
martincymru
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 700
Joined: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 3:54 pm
Location: out & about

Re: What falls under Minor Repair

Post by martincymru » Tue, 28 Jul 2015 9:32 am

You could challenge on basis that a washer should last 4 years. Therefore one year into your Tenancy you pay only 25% of the bill.

User avatar
Strong Eagle
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 11650
Joined: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 12:13 am
Location: Off The Red Dot
Contact:

Re: What falls under Minor Repair

Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:46 am

martincymru wrote:You could challenge on basis that a washer should last 4 years. Therefore one year into your Tenancy you pay only 25% of the bill.
Yes, well... the washer costs about 25 cents. It takes 15 minutes to change. Who failed to turn the faucet off completely anyway? Most assuredly a tenant item.

If it's a ceramic cartridge, no replaceable parts, it ought to last ten years. Maybe expense sharing in that case as the whole faucet needs to be replaced due the the kind of faucets being imported.

User avatar
JR8
Immortal
Immortal
Posts: 16516
Joined: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:43 pm
Location: K. Puki Manis

Re: What falls under Minor Repair

Post by JR8 » Tue, 28 Jul 2015 5:58 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
martincymru wrote:You could challenge on basis that a washer should last 4 years. Therefore one year into your Tenancy you pay only 25% of the bill.
Yes, well... the washer costs about 25 cents. It takes 15 minutes to change. Who failed to turn the faucet off completely anyway? Most assuredly a tenant item.

If it's a ceramic cartridge, no replaceable parts, it ought to last ten years. Maybe expense sharing in that case as the whole faucet needs to be replaced due the the kind of faucets being imported.
A couple of issues are possible:
- If the tap washer simply needed replacing, and it was a generic rubber washer, I cannot see the basis for the whole tap being replaced (unless it was a contractor ramping the bill).
- If it was a mixer tap with a ceramic, or similar, washer then yes they are more $, and materially more complex to replace.
- If the tap was a cheapo mixer tap, with parts difficult or impossible to replace then yes replacing the tap outright might have been the best remedy.

@SE above, tap washers wear out the same as other 'fixtures'. IME repeatedly closing a tap too hard does more damage to the washer than vice versa. In that case there's a point where how ever hard you close it it still leaks.
p.s. Replacing a generic tap-washer is a simple task once you've done it the first time :) Esp. in a country like SG where most taps have isolation valves on the copper feed pipe below. ... simpler say than having to go out and buy a pipe freezer, and learn how to properly use it, in order to isolate the water supply.
'Do it or do not do it: You will regret both' - Kierkegaard

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Staying, Living in Singapore”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests