Question: I own a house that is let out to five individual tenants. The lounge is fitted with halogen spotlights, one of which has recently stopped working and the residents are asking me to fix it.
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I live some distance away and am loathe to pay out when it could just be a new bulb that's required. Am I obliged to fix this?
Answer: The tenants are entitled to have all of the lights within their flat working. However, as you say it may just be a replacement light bulb needed and I suggest you ask them to try this.
It is expected that a tenant will replace "wear and tear" items such as a light bulb. If, however, it is the light fitting which is at fault here then the terms of your lease will almost certainly oblige you to repair this.
You should check the terms of your lease but most leases will oblige a landlord to ensure that all landlord's fittings such as lights are in good working order.
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