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Renters Rights, do we have to replace items the owner wont?

The water softner that is in the garage does not work and hasn't worked since we moved in.  They thought it was working and when I contacted them about it, I was told that the owner will not replace it if it is broken and if we want one we can buy or own.  They told us we are responsible for the first $150.00 if all minor repairs, is that legal?  We didnt break it why should be have to pay to fix it or buy a new one.  Shouldn't they have to replace items that were part of the rental? 
  • July 01 2011 - North Las Vegas
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I am not an attorney and cannot offer legal advice - I second sunnyview's recommendation that you talk to a local Tenant Advocacy Organization if you have further legal concerns.

That being said, a tenant should expect to receive the full functionality of a home as represented at the time of Lease Execution - anything not specifically excluded in the Lease Agreement should be expected to function, regardless of the Management/Owner's opinion of "necessity."

Concerning the first $150.00 of repairs being the obligation of the Tenant - you must consult the details of your Lease Agreement.

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  • July 28 2011
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Every region may be a bit different. In my area for that type of item if it was not working at the time of move in and you said nothing then it is unlikely that you could try to force their hand. It would of course be different for some issue like plumbing for example that is out of your control and a necessity.
  • July 02 2011
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No, you don't have to replace items like that, but I'm not sure that the landlord has to repair them either since it was not functional when you moved in. You would have to call a tenant organization to see if a water softener is considered an essential system in your area. There is a listing of tenant law for Nevada here.

You might also consider writing a nice note to the landlord and outlining what they said when you rented about the system being operational. Ask them in writing to repair it and tell them you feel uncomfortable installing a permanent system to their property without permission at your expense. Keep the letter friendly and open to see if you can get a like response.
  • July 01 2011
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