Is my Landlord responsible for weatherstripping?
This is my first winter in my rental home, and I have discovered that there is little to no weatherstripping on ANY of the windows. Any time the wind blows (which is often) it is FREEZING in every room of the house. There are also HUGE gaps around the front and back doors that are not stripped. I called my landlord and left a voicemail requesting she get back to me- no response.
I live in Arizona, and have tried looking up all the tenant laws, they say that she is responsible for making the house "fit and habitable"- I don't know if insulation and weatherstripping falls into this category or not. I only know I'm sick of running the heater 24/7 in the warmest state in the country because this place won't hold any warmth due to the massive gaps.
Anyone have any insight?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
If your landlord supplied the heater and it works, then the unit is "fit and habitable" regardless of how efficient the energy you pay for is used.
In the owner's "what's in it for me" mindset, it is not cost efficient for any improvements, such a weatherstripping, to the unit.
Weatherstripping, especially in a place like Arizona, not commonly known for its cold weather, and likely a high turnover rate for renters(or short memory spans) would not likely be high on a potential renters mind at the initial contract signing.
If you plan on staying an extended period of time, try to negotiate a deal with the landlord OR do it yourself.
But be careful -- if not done correctly, the landlord can hold you liable for your installation attempt an/or for not getting permission for such installation (on most contracts). Nor can you legally remove it once installed.
- kullLv 44 years ago
Landlords hire assets for a earnings. there isn't any greater effective earnings in offering you with an power valuable apt. so as that they do no longer do it. i've got been a renter for years. What I see is they purchase the main inexpensive home equipment conceivable that are power HOGS and hi, they do no longer care, it is not their warmth or electric powered bill. it is on you. and in case you come back to a call to strengthen the area & upload weatherstripping the cost is all on you. And worse, the owner might charge you once you go away for the unauthorized "attachment" to the apt. No lie, it befell to me in GA. perhaps you'll be able to desire to placed up a momentary answer just to stop the draft? Take a blanket & pin it over the abode windows so which you do no longer harm the wall. it will be dark, yet warmer! stable success.
- Anne2Lv 71 decade ago
If your landlord is paying for the heat bill, you would have all kinds of weather stripping. As you are paying for the bill, you need to add some stripping if you are going to stay there. It is cheaper in the long run, as it will reduce your heating bill. Also caulk the windows. And next time you rent an apartment be sure you check the weather stripping out. You can also go to the place you pay the heating bill and find out what the former tennant paid for the coldest months of the year.Source(s): My Life experience
- ValleyRLv 71 decade ago
Weatherstripping in Arizona .??? I think that does not happen. Your landlord is not required to provide weatherstripping.
IF you pay the utilities and you want to save yourself some money, then install some yourself. But the landlord has NO obligation to do so. Be glad that you don't live in the snow belt of midwest where temps drop to sub zero on a regular basis.
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- 1 decade ago
As a landlord myself, I would make sure the doors were air tight. As far as the drafty windows, I would say you are on your own there. I put shrink plastic on mine, and it works great. You can see the plastic moving when the wind blows, but that's where it stops.
- big_mustacheLv 61 decade ago
I would think you rented the house "as-is". Why not suggest to your landlord that she pay the material cost of the material and you do the work?Source(s): Former renter.
- Lara <:(((><Lv 41 decade ago
No weather striping is up to you to put up we are renting also and my husband went out and got it and did all the windows and doors, I think it would be considered as maintenance. since you would have to do it every couple of years.
- 1 decade ago
Yes, Yes, Yes I am a landlord myself and yes again it is your landlor's resposibilaty defenatly!!! And just so you know if you you do anny work in that house and you move you are not allowed to take stuff with you that you installed, so be carefull before you do.
- 1 decade ago
I have to agree, she is probably not required to put it in.
- RalfcoderLv 71 decade ago
You only need to ask your question once, you know.....