Tenant Question: What should I do if I damage something in my property?
When renting making damages in a property can put you in a very confusing and sticky situation. One of our tenants recently asked "What should I do if I damage something in the property I'm renting and/or if something in the property falls into disrepair?"
If you damage something in the property, the best course of action is to “make good” and return it to its original condition and ensure this is done in a timely manner.
If it is not addressed quickly, the Agent may issue a breach notice and this is recorded as part of your rental reference/history. Accidents happen and if they are addressed quickly, it doesn't become an issue – or even noticed.
However, Agents experience many times when the damage is intentional and/or there is a delay in rectifying damage, which may result in heightened frustrations, concerns, and negative rental history.
If something in the property requires maintenance – report it to your Property Manager or Owner so that they can arrange to rectified.
If damage has been a result of an issue due to the age or wearing, ensure it is reported to give the Agent the opportunity to repair or replace it, and to ensure that you are protected when you vacate the property and your bond is disbursed.