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Repairs in unit - who does clean-up?

Post by medwed » Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:41 pm

I'm the first tenant of an apartment in a recently completed condo. At handover with my and the landlord's agent, it was discovered that there were a couple of defects (eg scratches on timber floor, small fissures in the walls).

As the landlord can request such repairs within a 12 months period after completion at zero cost from the developer, he asked whether the developer could do the repairs although I had already moved in. I agreed, well knowing that partial sanding of floor and walls would cause dust and dirt - which go everywhere.

Hence, I asked the contractors who did the repairs to clean up after completing their works, which they did. As I had anticipated, the clean-up was not done according to my standards (which are not exaggerated), so I had to do additional cleaning myself to reestablish the initial state of cleanness. Fair enough.

Now it turns out that there are more defects on the floor and the walls in several rooms and further repairs shall be carried out. From experience I know that the workers will not do the cleaning job properly, but am not prepared to do additional cleaning again.

I thought of telling the landlord that I wished the place to be as clean after the works as it was before, and ask for his confirmation that he would bear the cost for a 3rd party cleaner which I would bring in if I am not satisfied with the clean-up done by the workers.

Anyone experienced something similar? Anyone aware of how much inconvenience I have to accept? Any further advice?

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Post by Bafana » Sat, 27 Jun 2009 5:29 am

Landlord cleans up unless they are improvements you are making.
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Post by medwed » Sun, 28 Jun 2009 8:38 pm

Thanks for your reply. It is definitely improvements the landlord wishes, so no doubt that landlord has to clean up.

But what if I am not satisfied with the quality of the landlord's efforts and additional cleaning is necessary? Can I charge that to the landlord? I fear that this might end in annoying discussions...

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 28 Jun 2009 10:51 pm

I've heard that there are landlords from hell and I've also heard there are tenents from hell as well.........

Sometimes it's best to bite the bullet if you have a lot of time left on your lease. Your call. His unit.

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