Tenants Performing DIY Maintenance On Your Property, Good Idea?

Now With all the D.I.Y. shows on TV every­body thinks they can do a pro­fes­sional job and a lot of people under estim­ate the skill and pro­ces­sion that trades­men put into their work. not to men­tion the expens­ive tools.

Many land­lords think it saves money to have ten­ants per­form main­ten­ance at the prop­erty. How­ever, many times it is the oppos­ite and causes dif­fi­cult landlord/tenant issues.

We see this often where a ten­ant gets over their head in how much work is required and cre­ates more work than necessary.

Example 1) ten­ant per­forms bath­room renov­a­tion and freaks out prop­erty manager!


A land­lord was friends with the ten­ants and the ten­ant asked him if he could “change some things” the land­lord said “sure thing as long as it is noth­ing major”. Three weeks later the prop­erty man­ager car­ried our a routine P.I. (prop­erty inspec­tion). The prop­erty man­ager became con­fused when he could not find a bath tub that was on his report. He also found all the tiles ripped off the walls.

The freaked out prop­erty man­ager call the owner right away and told him about the changes to the prop­erty. The owner seemed vaguely con­cerned and said “Aaaarrr I think I gave the ten­ant per­mis­sion to make some changes, and he must not have fin­ished them yet, but I didn’t think he was going to remove a bath tub!”.

Now in this cir­cum­stance the owner gave some per­mis­sion and did not mind the work done when it was fin­ished. This could have poten­tially ended up in the NSW Civil and Admin­is­trat­ive Tribunal (NCAT) , if the owner was unhappy with the bath tub removal.

Example 2) I have one more for you where ten­ant fixes a shower head and costs the owner $678

A ten­ant in Seven Hills fixed a shower head. “Yeah I know a shower head, how hard could that be right?”. Well the ten­ant did not fix it cor­rectly and the water was back­ing up in the plumb­ing. Water was get­ting into the wall behind the shower because of this. The shower wall needed to be replaced to carry out the repair and fix it prop­erly by a licensed plumber.

Our agency does not sup­port unin­sured and unli­censed ten­ants to per­form work on rental prop­er­ties as it can be fraught with danger and can often res­ult in dis­pute. We recom­mend if in doubt use a licensed qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional. You save your time, money and headaches.


Jhai is an award win­ning Inter­net Mar­ket­ing Real Estate Agent for Eld­ers Toongab­bie and Kings Langley. After run­ning his own inter­net mar­ket­ing busi­ness he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to mar­ket them­selves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can mar­ket online so much bet­ter than they cur­rently are.

Since then he has been con­sist­ently quoted in the Sydney Morn­ing Her­ald and Real Estate Busi­ness online. He is a reg­u­lar guest blog­ger on TheHomePage.com.au, shar­ing his expert­ise of mar­ket­ing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest pas­sions are his wife, mar­tial arts, dogs and most of all property.

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