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Rental repair advice – heating

By boffins 17 June 2010 27

Rioters, I need some advice.

I have tried to call the Tenants Union for the last week and a half, and as they are impossible to get ahold of, hopefully you can help.

I live in a townhouse that has two forms of heating, ducted and small wall heaters in the main living areas. My housemates and I all stay in the main loungeroom area in the evening until bedtime to socialise and… computerise. Recently the wall heater in the loungeroom broke, and it seems melted one of it’s connectors.

We have requested it be fixed through the real estate agent and have been advised as we also have ducted, the landlord will not be fixing the wall heater and we instead must use the ducted. We are reluctant to do this as it will cost more due to the need to connect up the gas and it will involve heating the whole house, instead of just the one room we require.

Do we have the right to fight this decision and request the small heater be fixed, even though we have an alternate (more expensive) form of heating?

What’s Your opinion?


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ProudTenant 11:55 am 18 Jun 10

HHmmmm, a logical, and scientifically aware S4nta.

Do you have a heater S4nta? One that takes the chill out of the actual lounge room air, and not just your big fat red-pantsy butt? I hope so.

Here’s hoping the real Santa brings the OP warmth, preferably well before Christmas.

S4anta 10:59 am 18 Jun 10

ProudTenant said :

Veteran S4anta: If the air in the entire room is cold, how does a jumper help the OP exactly? Your nostrils can still form icicles? S4nta, of all people, should know that.

Actually when expelling air out your nose, providing your internal body temp is higher than that outside you should be right, especially indoors. ‘Nostril’ icicles are formed by moisture being frozen by external factors such as wind, blizzards etc. The best examples of these are the icicles found on those people’s facial hair mad enough to climb everest

ProudTenant 8:47 am 18 Jun 10

Veteran S4anta: If the air in the entire room is cold, how does a jumper help the OP exactly? Your nostrils can still form icicles? S4nta, of all people, should know that.

cleo 11:22 pm 17 Jun 10

It sounds like the heater was dangerous, the landlord does have a responsibility to fix the heater, as it was on the condition report as working, and that’s what you agreed on when you signed your lease, I would not use the gas, I suggest that you buy a second hand heater from revolve, they are really cheap.

nhand42 7:19 pm 17 Jun 10

The small wall heater is part of your rental lease. It was working when you moved in, therefore the owner must repair it. The ACT Rental Act is very clear.

http://www.tenantsact.org.au/Advice/repairs.html

The landlord has four weeks to complete non-urgent repairs. There was a local case a few months back where the landlord had to repay the tenants after failing to fix various things for several months.

http://www.acat.act.gov.au/decisions.php?action=decision&id=75&PHPSESSID=daa4d0d476f701d972c08e2a29472313

Whatever you do, don’t stop paying rent. However the landlord is entirely obligated to fix the heater. They can’t fob you off. The agent is doing the wrong thing too. Name and shame them.

urchin 6:58 pm 17 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

I find the concept of a ‘Tenant’s Union’ amusing. As a landlord, do you really think I give a crap if other tenants walk out on their landlords?

the union exists primarily to help renters understand their rights and to improve protections of renters. i don’t expect landlords–especially canberra landlords–to give a crap about anything at all. that’s what the tribunal is for. fwiw i don’t find the callous greed of most landlords amusing, just a bit pathetic and despicable.

dvaey 5:36 pm 17 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

I find the concept of a ‘Tenant’s Union’ amusing. As a landlord, do you really think I give a crap if other tenants walk out on their landlords?

No, but I suspect you would give a crap if the ‘union’ lobbied government to change legislation. My guess is thats where the unions power is, not with individual landlords but with the legislation. ie. workplace unions have more power if they can change the award than if they can get a few cafe workers to strike, for example.

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