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Asked on: 2/07/09, 3:11 pm

Forced to pay for wear and tear repairs?

Our furnace in the house we rent recently went out. The landlord told me it was my responsibility so I had a heating contractor come out and repair it and I paid for it. The main control board in the furnace failed at no fault of ours. The repair was $400. I asked the landlord to reimburse me for this and they said they will give me 1/2 based on the fact that we are good tenants. They say that we are responsible for ALL repairs no matter what and they are being nice to give us anything.

A line in our lease reads we agree ''to pay for repairs of all damage, including drain stoppages, they or their guest have caused''. The landlord interprets this as ANYTHING that needs repair. I see it that it was not damage related, nor anything that we caused. It was just something that broke.

Any opinions on this? Thank you.

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