Noblesville, IN asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Indiana

Q: My fridge needs a new water filter, and it's not specifically stated on the lease as my responsibility. Who pays?

Landlord considers this "minor maintenance," but again, lease leaves a gray area. It specifically lists light bulbs and furnace filters, but not water filters. Also, replacing filters is good for the long-term health of the appliance they own and provide via the lease, so Indiana Code would indicate they need to "maintain" it. I offered to split the cost of the filter and they refuse. Any suggestions?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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A: You raise valid points, but from a practical standpoint, footing the cost of a water filter could be less expensive than the fallout of possible damage to your landlord-tenant relationship. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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