I own a small studio apt. in a co-op building located in Brooklyn, NY USA.
My tenant, who's been renting this studio for ~ 3 years, is asking to repair one of the built-in closets.
This closet was fine when this tenant moved in. I made a few repairs to it before signing the lease. Based on the photo they provided, it is very hard to tell whether this problem has been caused by wear-and-tear or any intentional / unintentional damage.
My question is -- Who is responsible for making these repairs?
- If its the tenant, is there a regulation I can refer to when speaking to the them.
- If its the landlord, what's stopping the tenant from damaging something else in the house(.e.g kitchen cabinets) and claiming the same story, and how can I protect my property?