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While we’re on the topic of preventative maintenance, winter is fast approaching with its seasonal challenges. One of these is gutter cleaning, and this can be a grey area in a tenancy lease when it comes to who is responsible for cleaning them: Landlord or Tenant.
“Put it this way,” Mr Piteo says. “If your tenant starts climbing around on your roof and injures him or herself in the act of cleaning out your property’s gutters… I would not like to take the chance at that Liability hearing.”
“Similarly for the Tenant… should they damage a piece of guttering, or break a downpipe in their attempt to fix the problem, I would imagine they are the ones at risk of copping the bill for the gutter/downpipe replacement.”
Mr Piteo said The Professionals Property Management team’s preferred course of action in this instance is for the Tenant to report the problem to the management team, and for the Property Manager to contact a tradesperson to clean out the gutter.
“At the end of the day, Landlords really don’t want their Tenant to be the one up on the roof in a storm.”