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Old 22.01.2014, 23:15
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Repairing damage in rented accommodation

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If you cause damage in rented accommodation and it goes beyond normal wear and tear, what are your obligations? To repair back to brand new at your own cost, or to restore back to the state it was in when your rental contract started?

In my case, some of the rollerblinds on our skylights have got ripped. They're stupid flimsy things, but still, they got torn on our watch, which makes it our problem. They're still usable as blinds but I think the agency would take a dim view if I claimed 'wear and tear', so I don't intend to try.

But is the onus now on me to replace blinds which may be 5 or 6 years old with brand new ones, with no cost involvement by the rental agency? I've only lived here for 1 year, and they were not brand new when I moved in. AFAIK, it's never the tenant's responsibility to improve the state of the accommodation.

Could I ask the agency how old the blinds are, say that I broke them and offer to cover the majority of the cost of replacing them but with a contribution by the agency? Or would they just tell me to sod off?

For the record, I'm not trying to weasel out of coughing up, I just don't want to end up paying more than I need to just because I don't know what the 'rules' are.

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Re: Repairing damage in rented accommodation

Call the agency and ask. At most, they will tell you it's your responsibility, and then you will have to pony up, which you seem to be willing to do anyway. If they are amenable to paying hare the cost, you will be that much ahead.

You have nothing to lose by asking.
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Re: Repairing damage in rented accommodation

Everything is regulated here. Talk to the agency / landlord.

If the blind was new 10 years ago, and you moved in after 10 years use, and used it for 5 years,
then you might only have to pay 25% of the new cost.

Here are the tables of expected life span. ( Inside venetian blinds should last 15 years).

http://www.schweizerischer-mietersch...2/d276/f24.cfm

You might like to join the Mieterverband in your canton, they can give you a lot of expert help!

http://www.mieterverband.ch/135.0.html

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Everything is regulated here. Talk to the agency / landlord.

If the blind was new 10 years ago, and you moved in after 10 years use, and used it for 5 years,
then you might only have to pay 25% of the new cost.

Here are the tables of expected life span. ( Inside venetian blinds should last 15 years).
The OP said roller blind and these are not covered specifically in the lifespan table. My question to the OP is what kind of windows do you have, are they Velux? Are the roller blinds also from Velux? The Velux blinds fit in a frame and are correct to the window size. They are not likely to tear. Any other roller blind is just not the same.

If it is Velux, when you open the window on the inside of the frame there is a label. These numbers can be used to tell you what size blind you need. There are different styles. They are really easy to install. I have installed various types.

Maybe you can post some pictures ?
I also think you should check your lease start inspection report to see if these blinds are on there. They should be.
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My question to the OP is what kind of windows do you have, are they Velux? Are the roller blinds also from Velux?

If it is Velux, when you open the window on the inside of the frame there is a label.
Hi, yes they are Velux, I have actually checked on veluxshop.com and they cost 170 CHF each to replace. Problem is you can't just buy the blind itself (at least not that I can see), you have to buy the whole unit, ie including the bit that you screw into the window frame. Which doesn't need replacing!

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I also think you should check your lease start inspection report to see if these blinds are on there. They should be.
You mean, how old they are? Good idea.
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Re: Repairing damage in rented accommodation

Shouldn´t be too difficult to replace Velux blinds (have done that) but do check with the landlord as that only happens after using them several years so it is not purely your problem.
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Re: Repairing damage in rented accommodation

Do you have insurance?

If so, find out about your policy details to see if you're covered.


If not...... well
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Do you have insurance?

If so, find out about your policy details to see if you're covered.


If not...... well
Yeah I have Haftpflichtversicherung but the excess would be higher than the cost of paying it myself so not much help in this case
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Shouldn´t be too difficult to replace Velux blinds (have done that) but do check with the landlord as that only happens after using them several years so it is not purely your problem.
You got just the blind bit replaced, or the whole unit?
Where did you find the blind being sold on its own, like as a spare part? I'd love to know
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Re: Repairing damage in rented accommodation

Yes, you need to buy the entire kit, fabric and trim.

I have a velux blind for sale, it is a ventian, but it will only fit a GGU C04 window measures 39 x 74.5. I didn't advertise it on here as I forgot I had it.

You could go through your insurance but you need to take into consideration the deductible and your claims situation.

Check the report, see if they are on there and their age and condition.

I have a velux rollo which is about 5 years old and it is in mint condition.

If you have condensation problems on the glass, and the rollo gets wet this will weaken the fibres and could cause it to tear. I prefer the venetians for this reason.

There are always velux rollos for sale on Ricardo. You might get lucky and find the size you need.
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Re: Repairing damage in rented accommodation

Thanks for the useful advice everyone. I'll check the move-in inventory for the age and get in touch with the agency.
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