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Landlord's duty to repair faulty fixtures

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asked on Nov 8, 2016 at 16:57
by   Yaw75
edited on Nov 8, 2016 at 16:59
by   Yaw75
I rented an old apartment and stayed for over 5 months now. Recently the ceiling fan, the toilets starts giving problems. I requested the Landlord to get them fixed but she refused to act. She told me that the property was handed to me in good order and I shall be responsible in fixing things that are spoiled.

These fixtures are clearly aged. The ceiling fan ball bearing worn off and giving unpleasant noise when switched on. I engaged an electrician and he suggested that the fan should be replaced (the ball bearing problem cannot be me fixed). The toilet flushing system also worn off and getting very difficult to flush. The sealing rubber also harden where water leaks from the tank when flushing the toilet.

Recently she engaged a property agent to handle the case. I told him if the Landlord still failed to fix the fixtures, I shall engage a 3rd party contractor to do so and bill her. He said the Landlord has no responsible to fix the fixtures, even it is due to wear and tear. He threatened me that I shall move out if I am not happy and decided to hold the rent.

My questions are:
1. Under standard Tenancy Agreement, should the Landlord be responsible in fixing the fixtures which are faulty due to wear and tear?
2. If the Landlord's responsibility to fix, can I with hold the rent until Landlord sort out the issues. Or, I engage contractor and bill my Landlord (by contra of from the rental)?
3. If Landlord wanted to evict me, what rights do I have as a tenant?

Thanks.
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answered on Nov 8, 2016 at 18:15
by   kontrator
Rent a new apartment.
This is a common problem with old buildings.
New ceiling fan costs less than rm200
Tolet tank flush costs less than rm60 (plus labor)
Why stress yrself?
Medical bill can be more than 2k personally..!!
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answered on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:08
by   vkpc
1. Under standard Tenancy Agreement, should the Landlord be responsible in fixing the fixtures which are faulty due to wear and tear? 
No.  Tenant is responsible to fix.
Landlord is only responsible for roofing.

2. If the Landlord's responsibility to fix, can I with hold the rent until Landlord sort out the issues. Or, I engage contractor and bill my Landlord (by contra of from the rental)?
3. If Landlord wanted to evict me, what rights do I have as a tenant?
If you hold or contra the rental, you can be evicted.
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