Background- I have been in this flat for 2 years, recently extended my contract on the same terms for 2 more years. Overall it's a good place, but for every little repair, the landlord wants to be involved. Soon after we moved in, there were some minor repairs, and the landlord got their contractor to fix it free of cost. Now there is a light bulb that needs to be replaced, and we found out that the entire unit has to be changed, because it's wired that way.
Again landlord 'prefers' to use their contractor, who is not very responsive, and who has given us a quote for 500 dollars. I am not ready to pay that much for a light bulb. Even if I had to, I would rather get quotes from more handymen, before taking a decision. After 2 months of no response, I am also annoyed by the "we need to decide within 2 days" pressure.
The contract states that tenant is responsible for the repairs and maintenance, and when I asked for clarification, agent told me that wear and tear is tenant's responsibility, anything affecting the structure of the house is the landlord's.
I don't mind using their contractors and their terms- if they are ready to pay for it. If I am paying, I want to get the most value for my money. My sense is that LL thought they could get this done for free or cheaply, but it became my responsibility when they heard the cost, and that's not okay.
Q- is it the norm in HK for landlords to be involved in every repair? If I contact some handymen and get them to fix it, or give me an alternative set-up, will that create problems?
Sorry for the long question.