Do most tenants prefer to handle minor maintenance items for a rent credit, or have the owner handle

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I would think the owner would want to handle them. As a courtesy, if I was a renter I would fix minor things because its not a big deal .I had a client who's tenant would call over the smallest things, so when their lease came due, my client replaced them.
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November 15 2011
From a landlord perspective, I think this is not so much a matter of what the tenant prefers but rather a question of how much control you want in the level of quality of maintaining your property.  If you do consider allowing a tenant to do maintenance, I would recommend to state exactly what kind of maintenance they are permitted to do on their own within the lease contract.  For good measure you may also want to state what happens if the maintenance goes wrong (i.e. causes more damage) and who is liable for said damage in writing.
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November 11 2011
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Owners who have tenants doing their own "repairs" for a credit may be in for a rude surprise. Seems like a situation with built in potential for ugly results.
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