Things Tenants Should Know – Consumables
Disclaimer! This is only an opinion and should not reflect or affect any of the real estate companies or tenant /s in Qatar.
Who will change / replace my light bulb?
When the light in the apartment is gone, the first thing that comes to our mind is call the maintenance. When the maintenance comes and see that the light bulb is already worn-out then, who do you think will replace the light bulb? And who do you think will provide or supply? The tenants or the Landlord?
Is it the responsibility of the Tenants?
Most of the tenants believe that the Landlord is the responsible in replacing all the light bulbs in the unit. Unless it is directly stated in the contract but, ideally the replacement of these consumable items such as light bulbs, air filters, batteries etc. are the responsibility of the tenants.
What are the consumable items?
Consumables are items considered to wear out eventually over their normal everyday use which has to be replaced after several usages.
Is it the responsibility of the Landlord?
The Landlord’s responsibility is to replace the light bulbs in the common area of the property; staircase, lobby, parking area, gym etc. especially if it will a result in an unsafe environment for the tenants. Sometimes, there are companies with free maintenance services that also does this job especially when the light bulb in not that easy to be replaced.
BUT who’s going to pay for it?
Most tenants’ main question is who’s going to pay for the light bulb? It is easy to replace the light bulb, but who’s going to pay for it? If the bulb is inside the unit that you are renting which in your possession then most likely the tenants should pay for it. If the light bulb is in the common area of the property then it must be from the Landlord.
Though the Landlord should provide a working light bulb inside the unit at the beginning of the tenancy, the tenants should provide their own for any that stops working, unless stated in the contract.
You might want to check out our previous blog for some tips in renting an apartment in Doha, Qatar
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