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Do you think this is an acceptable solution?

We rent a house. Basically, whenever something gets broken, etc, they go with the cheapest thing they can.
Our microwave died. It's an over-the-stove type microwave with a specific spot above the stove for it. There is very minimal counter space as it is. They wrote us today to tell us they're replacing it with a countertop microwave.

Is this acceptable for a landlord to do? Do you think they'd be able to rent it out with a broken microwave? This really would be a huge inconvenience for us. Is there any wording you guys think would be "proper" regarding this situation, or since the situation is giving us some sort of "reasonable" option, we're out of luck?

Thanks ladies.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:32 PM on Jan. 16, 2013 in Home & Garden

Answers (8)
  • if it broke and they give you a countertop one then they replaced what was broken.

    I dont really even think if they said sorry about that get your own that you would have a leg to stand on. They only have to make sure your living condition are decent. Unless your lease says we will fix the stove or fridge, then if those went out they would not have to replace them either.

    Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 8:37 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • My understanding, from when my parents rented out a place they owned, is that the condition the home came in is the condition it has to be kept it. So if there was an over the stove microwave, they have to replace it with an over the stove microwave. They have to replace any appliances that came with the home, A/C and heat if they go out, etc.

    But you'd have to check your state's law's to know for sure. I'd try Googling something like "state name tenant's rights" or "state name renter's rights" or something like that. Maybe laws instead of rights.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 8:41 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • Ask them for a budget and see if you can replace it and tell them why. But if they replace it at all, then they are doing their job I believe.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 8:58 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • you could always offer to pay the difference... technically they replaced what was broken.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:09 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • Our old landlord used to make us buy replace the broken appliance and take it out of the rent. I don't think that was fair since those appliances were old and used. They weren't brand new when we took over the lease.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 9:09 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • No they are replacing the apliance and that is all that is required of them. With a new renter they would only need to remove the old microwave and possibly put a dor on it. They do not have to offer a microwave at all. That is generally the renter's responsibility and not the landlord's. But since it was there when you moved in he must replace the item with a similarly functioning apliance.

    Answer by Dardenella at 10:07 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • well in all honesty they did replace a broken appliance however with the space left open- unless they took the wiring out- it's unusable and could be a fire hazard so maybe you can see if theyll fix the hazard...obviously they were trying to cut cost with a countertop microwave but could be more expensive than if they replaced the original...

    Answer by jessica1078 at 11:45 PM on Jan. 17, 2013

  • I really do not know. Tenant law varies by state. Call 211 and ask for your local Tenants Association. Good Luck.

    Answer by booklover545 at 12:41 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

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