if a tenant pluggs up sink who pays for the plumber?

Asked by James, Palm Springs, CA Fri Jan 2, 2009

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davis-partri…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Sep 15, 2014
It depends on your lease contract. In my personal experience, this sort of thing is usually covered by the landlord. They usually factor these kinds of regular maintenance issues into the cost of rent. I think it would depend on if the clog was due to some sort of obvious negligence. http://www.edgeplumbinginc.com
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Jan 14, 2015
You will have to look into the lease for this answer. Sometimes it is stated in a lease that the landlord covers things like this. If it isn't covered in the lease, then it would likely be the tenants responsibility to get the problem resolved. Make sure that whatever way it goes, the work gets done the right way, you wouldn't want to have a bigger problem in the future.
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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Fri Jun 6, 2014
The contract should state something that would determine who is responsible. I've been responsible for plugged drains at all of the apartments that I've lived in. Lots of times it is possible to unclog the drain yourself instead of hiring a plumber to do it.
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This should definitely be found in the contract. I think that if it isn't stated directly in the contract then the land lord would be responsible for paying for a plumber. I agree though, you could probably figure out how to unclog the drain without having to get a plumber. http://www.plumbingrichmond.com.au/blocked-drains/
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G, , 94158
Tue Sep 1, 2009
Paragraph 11 of the Residential Lease or Month to Month Rental Agreement states "tenant shall be charged for drain blockages or stoppages, unless caused by defective plumbing parts or tree roots ...". I am also a landlord and I have a home warranty protection plan in place in my rental property. I have had this problem in the past myself with my rental and in that case I had my tenants call my Home Warranty Company and they paid for the house call.
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Jeannie Niles, Agent, Mountain Center, CA
Fri Aug 21, 2009
On our rental properties, we always have the plumber ascertain "what caused the problem". If it is clearly a tenant issue, i.e., they put celery in the garbage disposal, we take care of it the first time and explain what caused the problem.

Any future plumbing issues similar in nature will be charged to the tenant.
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Thomas Reid, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Jun 8, 2009
As a landlord myself, I always pay for any maintenance in my building even If I think the tenant is at fault. It’s just smarter in the long run. If the problem doesn’t get fixed, it’s going to cost me more in the long run. No matter who’s at fault, the landlord should fix it. Contact your local government agency and they will tell you what your right and responsibilities are. I hope this answers your question. If not, feel free to contact me.
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Elaine Stewa…, Agent, Palm Desert, CA
Mon Jun 8, 2009
I think it goes either way, it really depends on each particular situation. Is the clog related to a problem that was already there?
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Leonardo Mon…, Agent, Rancho Mirage, CA
Sat Feb 14, 2009
Hi James,

It is "customary" for the landlord to pay for maintenance. Of course if this is a recurring situation, then either the tenant is careless or there is a problem with the pipes.
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Elaine Stewa…, Agent, Palm Desert, CA
Thu Jan 8, 2009
Depends, if the landlord is smart he will maintain the plumbing to avoid other problems. I would refer to the lease but you may not get an answer there. Its best to have open communication between Landlord and tenant to work these things out.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Fri Jan 2, 2009
It is governed by the terms and conditions of the executed agreement signed between tenant and property owner. Refer back to that contract.
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