Hoped someone has a previous ruling on this one:
After several years tenancy, we have a leak in a concealed pipe - probably drain pipe - under the built-in tile base of a lavatory cabinet. All exposed fixtures / pipes / fittings / joints are OK.
Who pays the repair - landlord or tenant? Cost of actual repair to PVC pipes is minimal, but the cost of tearing out and replacing the cabinet and tile subfloor is substantial.
The boilerplate lease specifies almost no Landlord responsibilities, while a clause appears to put the responsibility on the Tenant:
"- The tenant is solely responsible for the repair of doors, windows, kitchen and bathroon fittings, pipings, drains etc. during the continuence of this Tenancy."
It is the cost of exposing / covering the faulty pipe or fitting that I wish to avoid, if this were considered a "structural" defect then the landlord generally pays (but not stipulated in our lease).