8 years ago, Tenant commenced tenancy at a brand new condo, with brand new appliances. Tenant is responsible to clean surfaces, and the outside of appliances (like air vents), which Tenant can reach.
But Landlord has never cleaned — or serviced — the innards of the appliances, like
Refrigerator, or its coils,
Range hood duct,
HVAC air ducts,
Bathroom exhaust ducts,
Washer and dryer, or its ducts.
Landlord alleges that as these appliances have not failed, Landlord isn't liable to clean or service them. But Landlord and Tenant Board's ("LTB") Brochure: Maintenance and Repairs published that
A landlord must keep a rental property in a good state of repair. All things that the landlord provides to the tenant must be kept in working order. This could include:
- Electrical, plumbing or heating systems
- Carpets in the unit or common areas
- Walls, roofs, ceilings
- Windows, doors, locks, lighting
- Garages, laundry rooms, patios, walkways or pools
If something no longer works due to normal wear and tear or because it breaks or wears out, the landlord must repair it so that it works properly, or replace it. When something is replaced, however, the landlord does not have to supply a new or better model.