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Who’s Paying The Emergency Plumbing Repairs?


After being at work all day, and then sitting in an hour of bumper to bumper traffic to get home, the only thing you want to do is come home to your quiet place and unwind.

But imagine opening your front door after a long day only to a find that you need emergency plumbing services ASAP, because a disaster took place while you were out! This is probably the last thing anyone would want to deal with when they get home from work or school.

As unfortunate and inconvenient as it may be, these situations happen all the time, and if you rent your home, it is essential to know that your landlord is responsible for fixing the plumbing issue you are facing. Read on to find out why!

Do You Know How Much Your Landlord Has to Pay For?

When you rent a house or apartment, you and your landlord are in agreement that you- as the tenant- are paying for a comfortable home, provided by your landlord.

This means that if your standard of living is compromised in any way by factors outside of your control, it is your Landlord's responsibility to carry the financial burden that comes with fixing things like home appliances, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

If you own a residential building and rent out to tenants, it behooves you to keep up regular maintenance checks of all systems in the building, so as to avoid having to pay for emergency repairs later on.

The Case For Rental Homes

The key statement when figuring out who pays for plumbing repairs is this: whoever owns the house or building is responsible for the upkeep of all plumbing maintenance, repairs, and replacements that are needed in the home.

This line can occasionally become blurred because, in some cases, the owner of the house or building may not necessarily be the landlord.

Sometimes, property management companies may be hired to manage everything that comes with running the home, including but is not limited to maintenance and holding the agreements with the renters.

A renter, on the other hand, is a person who signs a contract, usually in twelve-month terms agreeing to pay a monthly charge to occupy the home. This person is under the agreement they are living in a safe and habitable home. Always check your lease agreement to see that it specifies who is responsible for paying emergency plumbing fees.

What Are The Local Rules Regarding Plumbing Repairs?

Of course, the rules on this subject can vary from state to state and even across counties within the same state.

It is very important to stay informed with the local rules and regulations to ensure that you are covered as a renter when you are experiencing a plumbing emergency.

Stay informed when making decisions and always check before you call a company and send a technician out to the property.

If you have any questions regarding the current state of your home’s plumbing, or if you need immediate assistance, don’t hesitate to call Knight Plumbing today! Our team at is always ready to assist you with all of your emergency plumbing needs.