Reimbursement of repair costs to a rental property

If repairs are done by a suitable repairer (see Urgent Repairs  or Emergency Repairs ), the tenant should pay the invoice, and then give the owner:

  • a statement from the repairer about the cause of the need for repair and
  • a copy of the invoice and
  • a copy of the receipt of payment.

The owner is to repay the tenant within 14 days after receiving these things, unless the owner makes an application to the Court within these 14 days to dispute the repayment.

An owner may only dispute an invoice if:

  • the owner was not notified of the need for repair or
  • the need for repair was the fault of the tenant or because the tenant did not do as they should have done under their lease or
  • that the tenant authorised and had the Urgent Repairs carried out without waiting 24 hours for the owner to do it.

The Court may order that an owner reimburse the tenant the full amount, or some of the invoice, or none of the invoice.

This does not apply to boarding houses.