When I was renting, I left the landlord alone almost all the time, but
otoh, I think this is his repsonssiblity. Most lls would be happy to
pay for the new chime rather than to have to call a repairman to go to
your home and fix is.
But you probably have to ask him first, if you want him to pay for it.
For example, he may say. I have a working chime you can have. I'll
drop it off for you.
(When my wireless doorbell on the 2nd floor broke after 10 years, a
friend offered me one he wasn't using, new in the bubble pack.)
Most landlords know how to do simple repairs or they have a handyman
who doesn't charge him a minimum to come out and diagnose, and would
charge him for actual time spent including travel, but probably only
true travel time, especially if he's going from one of LL's rentals to
another. IOW, he'll charge the LL 20 or 30 dollars plus the cost of
the bell if he puts one in. . If he has a description of the problem
in advance, he'll bring a new chime with him.
If it's a rental, why is it your problem at all? In most
rental situations if something isn't working it's the
landlord's headache, not yours. Could be you have
a different arrangement, but just saying...
A tenant under the law can not be required to pay for "repairs" for
damages which are not their responsibility...
A doorbell is hardwired to the landlord's premises and therefore not
the property of the tenant... A doorbell (and even an intercom and
door release on larger apartment buildings) is required on rental
therefore it is something that the landlord must provide in proper
working order... Like a smoke detector or fire alarm system -- not
the tenant's problem to deal with as they are not the owner of the
building and don't deal with the fire department for permits or
So the only way a tenant would be paying for those repairs, would
be if the tenant ripped the chime or door button out of the wall
maliciously intending to cause damage to the landlord's property...
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