It is not because you are a tenant that you are prohibited from doing some work in your homes. So if you can not stand the color of the wallpaper in your room or if you want to replace the old carpet of your entrance, this decision is yours. Nevertheless, you do not have the right to change everything as you see fit. That's why this week Tinkerbrief is conducting the survey to help you find out what room is left to tenants who wish to undertake work.
Small work at the expense of the tenant
If the tenant wishes to carry out small decorative work such as changing the wallpaper, the paint or the flooring, it is completely free. Nevertheless, it is advisable not to opt for colors and materials that are too original and that may be uncomfortable for owners or future tenants. So if you black paint all of your walls in your living room, the owner may require to find the original color at your expense. In addition, the tenant is entitled to add small amenities such as built-in shelves or decorative elements that he can, if he wishes, take with him during his move. If he thinks that these small jobs improve the housing, the tenant can then negotiate with his lessor a rent discount or compensation in order to recover his expenses. To do this, there is a document called "Work Agreement" which must include the nature, amount and duration of work and the terms of compensation of the tenant. This agreement must be dated and signed by both parties.
Work that affects the structure of the dwelling or its destination, such as the destruction or construction of a wall or the replacement of a bath by a shower are considered heavy work by the article. These developments require the written consent of the owner in a document dated and signed by both parties, the work agreement cited above. If there is no agreement, the landlord can then claim the restoration of the property at the end of the lease otherwise the deposit will not be returned and if necessary the work will be charged to the tenant. Although the tenant may negotiate a cost sharing with the landlord, the landlord is under no obligation to accept. Attention, when it comes to return the house to the standards in force, it is then up to the owner to pay the bill.
In terms of maintenance, many jobs are the responsibility of tenants such as the proper functioning of doors and windows, the maintenance of the garden, the replacement of sanitary joints, the cleanliness of floor and wall coverings, the good operation of household appliances, maintenance and if necessary the annual cleaning of boilers and chimneys. In case of damage due to poor maintenance by the tenant, financial compensation may be withdrawn from his deposit. The invoices of the craftsmen or replaced parts must therefore be carefully preserved by the tenant who can then use it in case of dispute. On the other hand, the rest of the work caused by obsolescence or by a construction defect notably the replacement of a boiler, the infiltrations of humidity or the repair of the roof are only financed by the owner and carried out as quickly as possible in order to do not disturb the tenant in his daily life.
Lastly, in the event of a dispute at the end of the lease, both parties may apply to the departmental Conciliation Commission, or even as a last resort to bring a case to the court of appeal.