I'm a renter - how to FIX cracked bath/shower/walls & window ?

by Jma30226500


bath window

grout mssing on walls

lots of bad grout and a tile missing

  8 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 14, 2018

    Jma what are the walls made of?

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 14, 2018

    Jma, I would ask the landlord to take care of this. Unless you caused the damage, I would expect that this would be fixed or I would put the cost of the repairs in escrow (and deduct that amount from the rent) until it is fixed. Damages or issues with health and safety features (a shower and windows are both) are legitimate reasons to withhold rent until corrected or replaced.

    • Jma30226500 Jma30226500 on Aug 14, 2018

      This damage was done when we moved here. We started with removing all the grouting but it seems overwhelming. The Landlord did replace the water heater that flooded the garage and the swamp cooler that quit working, however, anything INSIDE he feels is our responsibility! (Which is not in writing.) We have replaced the faucets, garbage disposal, light fixtures, done toilet repairs, painted, etc. The tub/shower area is horrible, so know if it is going to get done, we will have to do it!

  • Dfm Dfm on Aug 14, 2018

    was this damage done before you rented the space or after? you should notify your land lord. they are responsible for the repair- only if you noted it on the move in day check list. if you didn't note it, you'er going to notify the land lord and most likely, they will pay a pro to fix it. with you picking up the tab for the repair. rental units can be inspected periodically, if your land lord does nothing you can call your local housing authority. if hey find the place in violation, the land lord has x amount of days to make repairs.

    don't do anything about fixing, until the report comes back.

  • Dfm Dfm on Aug 14, 2018

    i spent 1 year managing an apt. building........never again.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 15, 2018

    This is NOT your responsibility unless you caused the damage. Get it fixed and then deduct the cost of repairs from your rent. In most (maybe all?) states it should hold up in court. I'd check it out.

  • Catherine Deirdre Rodden Catherine Deirdre Rodden on Sep 17, 2018

    Not sure where you live so can't speak to laws in your area. I know that in my area renting from a person is different than renting from an apartment complex. If your landlord believes the inside is your responsibility, you may be able to deduct the cost of grout, tiles, etc. from your rent as long as you provide a receipt. The sweat equity is on you but the physical - permanent - improvement to property is on landlord.

  • Jan Marie Jan Marie on Sep 17, 2018

    I would think that if the faucet is broke then the landlord should have fixed it. Landlord never jump to fix anything and now he knows you can fix stuff so he is taking advantage. BTW don't use the tub and shower until the caulk and grout is fixed or the wall behind will get wet and the tiles will end up falling off. Some of that looks like black mold and I would think that he should cover that. You are in a tough spot right now with wanting things fixed and the landlord not fixing.

  • Deborah Bartlett Deborah Bartlett on Sep 18, 2018

    I owned a 3 family house for 23 years. Yes...I would have been responsible to repair and maintain that bathroom!! By no means should the tenant have to deal with the mess and the expense. If it was that way when you looked at the unit then the person showing it should have said it would be repaired before you moved in. I think a maintenance worker for the landlord needs to come in and take a look. Good luck with this!