Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 3 months ago

Do the landlords have to replace our security screen door?

The security screen door has several holes in it from the previous tenant's dog. Shouldn't the landlords replace the door so we can have a door without holes? They are acting like it's no big deal, but from what we understand holes like this can't be fixed. We've lived here now for a year & evidently the landlords don't plan on replacing this. What can we do to get them to replace it?

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  • R P
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The time to insist on screen repair/replacement was before you signed a lease. You accepted the unit as it was when you signed the lease.

    You can send a written request to have the screen replaced. But since it does not affect the habitability of the unit, most likely the landlord does not have to replace it. Keep in mind that if he does, he will raise your rent (at leade renewal time) commensurately to cover his cost of repair.

    Source(s): FL landlord
  • 3 months ago

    No, they do not have to replace it. You rented the place with the screen looking like that so that's what you get. If you wanted a pristine looking place, they exist. They are pricier. Landlords are never required - nationwide - to make improvements to suit the tenant. You get what you rented. What he IS required to repair or replace would be anything that makes the place uninhabitable, such as a health hazard.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
    • anonymous3 months agoReport

      We were told verbally all the cosmetic things would be taken care of within the first year of living here.

  • 3 months ago

    You write them a letter stating that the condition was caused by the previous tenant. You tell them that the screen is useless and you cannot leave the door open without insects coming inside. You tell them that your verbal requests have been ignored and you are making a formal written request. You give them a reasonable time to replace the SCREEN - the DOOR does not need to be replaced. 10 days is reasonable.

    Then you mail the letter in a way that provides you with proof of delivery or attempted delivery. USPS certified mail is the best way.

    Then you watch the tracking. Start counting the ten days from the date the letter was delivered, or from the first attempt. Sometimes letters will be ignored and in court, ignored letters do not protect the person being sued.

    If it's not fixed, follow the same procedure with a second letter, that says at the top 'Second Request'. Give 10 more days.

    If this still doesn't get it fixed, send a third letter that says 'Final Demand'. In this letter, you state that if the work isn't done in 10 days (it's now more than 30 days at this point), then you will follow your state landlord/tenant law in either replacing the screen yourself and withholding the cost from the next month's rent, or if the state doesn't allow that, you will sue in court to have a judge order the screen to be replaced and pay your court costs.

    Sometimes all it takes is the first letter to make a landlord realize you are serious. Sometimes it takes going all the way.

  • 3 months ago

    I really doubt its a requirement that you even have a screen door. Live with it or fix it yourself or keep asking but they don't have to do this and its not worth the time and possible future annoyance to bug them about this any more.

    • babyboomer1001
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      Asking over and over again is harassment. Do you really think they want to be evicted for harassing the landlord?

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    You must have accepted the condition of the property prior to moving in. So you can't expect him to improve or repair anything unless there is a legal requirement to do so.

    • anonymous3 months agoReport

      We were told verbally cosmetic things would be done. The screen door isn't just a cosmetic repair, we don't want bugs crawling through.

  • 3 months ago

    No. You could have demanded the door to be replaced before moving in, but instead you accepted the property in as is condition. And because the screen door condition does not effect the function of the property, the landlord is not legally required to replace or repair it.

    What can you do to get him to replace it? That would depend on your when your lease expires, if you have one. If you are deemed a good tenant often the threat of losing you will motivate a landlord to make any repair/replacement you request.

  • 3 months ago

    holes, not really, you knew it was that condition when you moved in

    apparently it does not provide security as it can easily be ripped. a screen itself should be replaceable without replacing the door....where are the holes?

    even amenities that don't affect the function must be maintained in minimally working order..some hole would be minimally working

    makes no sense...dog jumped up and put holes in lower door? if this is a wood or aluminum section can likely just stick some duct tape over the holes (ask the landlord, get a matching color)

    yes it is a requirement to have a screen door WHEN it was included when you signed the lease, the rent you agreed to included the amenity of a screen door...in bad condition...this really sounds like something that can be patched up for $5

    • anonymous3 months agoReport

      the holes are in the lower part of the door where the dog jumped up onto the door.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    I'd just replace it on my own, it's not difficult. There are multiple Youtube videos how to. It's a pain in the butt getting the new screen nice and flat.

    • anonymous3 months agoReport

      We can't find the same style of a door. We'd have to replace two other ones to match since we live in a triplex & all the security screen doors match.

  • 3 months ago

    Screen doors are great because you can open the main door and cool down the house without getting bitten by mosquitoes. Of course if there are holes in the mesh, that will not work. The good news is that holes can easily be fixed. Mine get holes from my neighbour's dog who we love but has sharp claws.

    I regularly take the screen doors off their hinges and my local hardware store replaces the mesh. Then I rehang the screen door. You can patch the holes yourself too if you do not want to spend money, just add a little extra mesh. Replacing the entire door would be ridiculous, I quite understand why your landlord is ignoring your request.

  • 3 months ago

    If a dog can make holes in it, then it's not strong enough to provide any security. So the holes don't matter. Unless they look bad, in which case you could just take off the door, since it's not doing any good.

    On the other hand, the purpose of the door was to keep out mosquitoes or flies, and the holes are big enough for them to get through, then it should be fixed.

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