Responsibility and Distribution of the Maintenance Costs
If something is damaged or broken in your property, you not always have to pay it yourself. Sometimes maintenance costs are the responsibility of your landlord. You are responsible for the following maintenance costs:
- Damages conducted by yourself;
- Small recoveries* only if the costs are not too expensive. Some examples: locks, door bells, and light switches;
- Painting, papering, and filling the inside walls;
- Combating of pests like fleas, ants, mice’s, wasps, and other pests;
- Constructing of a garden and painting, replacing, and repairing the fence;
- Cleaning and unclogging of the sewer, chimney, and drain and ventilations ducts;
* The Dutch government made a list (original source) of all the small recoveries.
The following maintenance costs are the responsibility of your landlord:
- Large recoveries, such as the installation of the central heating system and repairing the drains;
- Pest control by the force of majeure, such as cockroaches and woodworms;
- Maintenance of the built-in equipment of the kitchen;
- Maintenance of the outdoor spaces, such as exterior paintings, replacing gutters, mailboxes, and outdoor lamps;
- Maintenance of the shared spaces, such as repairing and replacing lights;
- Replacing of locks, hinges, and others created by wear.
For more information of the distribution of the maintenance costs, you will find here (original source).
Tip: This is how you prevent and control pests.