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Re: Robbery in Rental property: Who pays for the replacement of locks?

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I went to a scare like this once. One morning my wife called me to work because the kitchen faucet became a little fountain. Fortunately, all the leaking water was falling on the sink and not the floor. I tried for an hour to call the landlord to ask him if he knew a plumber to fix the issue, no results. Then I called a plumber I found on internet and by the end of the day the large leak was fixed.

Next morning I called the landlord and explained that a plumber came, replaced a faucet, etc. First thing he told me is that I had not right to a reimbursement because I contacted the plumber without his approval. To my luck, he knew and trusted the plumber and verified my story with him. In the end he agreed to pay the repair but warning once again that if repairs were explicitly ordered by him...I pay. If a window is broken, no electricity, or whatever, I should contact him and wait.

The challenge here is that when we have a problem, such as a robbery or a water leak that may flood the apartment and ruin the wooden floor, our minds are not available to think about the typical contract rules.
The way of thinking here does amuse me.

I once rented a property in the U.K. and the landlady, who lived in London, told me I was the best tenant she had ever had in any of her properties.

The reason was when anything broke, I'd phone up the local plumber, electrician etc and get it fixed and then sent her the bills.

She thought this was much better than her having to waste her time finding a plumber/electrician etc then arranging an appointment that would also suit me, and then getting back to the plumber....and so on.

Time is money and landlords here obviously have too much spare time on their hands.
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