In a rented flat, who pays for the maintenance fees, the owner or the tenant?






Maintenance cost is one of the important factor in a rental agreement. Details of maintenance cost should be mentioned in rental agreement to avoid later surprises or conflicts among tenant and owner.

It is owner responsibility to handover the flat to tenant in habitual condition.

When the flat is rent, Tenant pays the maintenance fee. The utility of water, electricity, gas, and common amenities like gym, swimming pool, clubhouse, children play, lift, common area cleaning and security are enjoyed and utilized by tenant. Hence payment towards such maintenance is paid by tenant.

Generally, maintenance cost is decided by members of owners’ association of an apartment. Maintenanc cost is decided based on per square feet of the flat.

For example, maintenance cost per square feet is Rs. 3 per month. Your flat super buildup area is 1000 square feet. Hence your total maintenance cost per month is 3X1000 =3000 per month.

Maintenance cost may fluctuate from time to time, fluctuation cost is borne by tenant.

Tenant shall pay maintenance cost directly to maintenance office of an apartment or pay to house owner along with monthly rent.

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