Property maintenance. Who is responsible for what?

When it comes to maintaining a rental property, both tenants and landlords have certain responsibilities. So, who is responsible for what?


Maintenance by the tenant

First and foremost, the tenant is responsible for being a good tenant. The rental property should be treated with respect, in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. Tenants are also expected to take on some of the maintenance duties, such as:

  • Unclogging drains caused by improper use
  • Repairing any damage caused by negligence
  • Carrying out minor repairs and maintenance


To prevent problems and defects from getting worse, tenants are required to notify the landlord of any issues.


Minor maintenance

Tenants are responsible for carrying out and paying for minor repairs and maintenance work. This includes tightening railings and doorknobs, cleaning the gutters, and securing toilet seats. Daily cleaning is also responsibility of the tenant.


Furnished rental properties

The furnishings (provided by the landlord) must be used as intended. Failure to do so will result in the tenant having to replace or repair certain items. If an item becomes slowly worn over the years, the landlord is responsible for replacing it.


Landlord maintenance

Landlords are responsible for carrying out and paying for major repairs and maintenance work. This includes:

  • Maintaining the boiler
  • Maintaining and repairing kitchen appliances
  • Painting the interior and exterior
  • Ensuring pest control
  • Repairing and replacing the gutters/drainage pipes


For a more detailed overview, visit the website of the Dutch government.



Tenants are responsible for minor maintenance and repairs and landlords are responsible for major maintenance and repairs. Of course, both parties want to have a smooth and pleasant rental period. Good communication in the event of damage, defects or other issues is important.


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