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Dear PoPville – Should a Renter Have to Coordinate with Contractors?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoPville,

I live in a rowhome that’s split into multiple apartments; the landlord lives in the area but about an hour’s drive away. We’ve been having some persistent maintenance issues (appliances & fixtures, drywall & painting, pest control — your typical stuff) that require visits from various contractors, sometimes multiple appointments for the same issue.

The landlord has requested that someone in the house coordinate visits with the contractors and that one of us should be here (with keys to all the units) to meet them. It’s getting to be a bit much — nobody here has time to take off from work and planning your weekend around maintenance on a home you don’t even own gets old, too. Shouldn’t it be the homeowner/landlord’s responsibility to make sure the units are in good condition?”

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