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starkadder Sun 09-Mar-14 19:42:35

Ok, this is very boring, but anyway...

The shelf in the door of our fridge has broken off. The one where you put milk etc. the actual little nodules that it fits over (iykwim) have snapped off so I think it would not be easy to fix.

Otherwise fridge is fine - it's a fridge freezer actually - except inside light has never worked.

We rent so it's out landlord's fridge; not ours.

WIBU to ask him to get us a new one? Seems a bit silly when it does actually work. But.... It's kind of annoying not being able to put stuff in the door. There are 5 of us and it's a struggle to fit everything in there anyway after a big shop.

Earlybird Sun 09-Mar-14 19:44:00

Did you or someone in your family break the shelf?
Was it like that when you moved in?
How long have you been a tenant, and are you a tenant in good standing?

Musicaltheatremum Sun 09-Mar-14 19:45:07

You can get new parts for the fridge. My daughters landlord did this.

wowfudge Sun 09-Mar-14 19:46:26

Just ask him to fix it/ replace and see what happens.

IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord Sun 09-Mar-14 19:46:29

Not at all.

As it's his property he is responsible to make sure it's in working order.

However beware that he doesn't claim you have broken it by accident or otherwise.

Also he only has to replace like with like so he might just get you a second hand one.

starkadder Sun 09-Mar-14 19:47:21

Early - it just snapped off when we put the milk in the other day. So, we put the milk in which broke it but we didn't do anything strangely violent!

mercibucket Sun 09-Mar-14 19:48:33

is the fridge one of the items the landlord provides or was it just left in the property?

who broke the shelf?

why do you want a new one not a replacement shelf?

Earlybird Sun 09-Mar-14 19:50:55

Do some research about finding a replacement part for the fridge make and model. You can then email him the information. Unless it is exorbitantly expensive, he should be OK with buying a new part for you. But think he might be unhappy at you asking for a new fridge when this one still works just fine.

starkadder Sun 09-Mar-14 19:51:46

A replacement shelf would be fine! Don't care at all about having a new one as, as I said, it works fine. I guess it is up to him to work out if he can get the shelf fixed...

We rent out our own property in London and I am pretty sure if this happened to our tenants then I'd just get them a new one. But when it's the other way round I am not sure..!

lilystem Sun 09-Mar-14 19:52:25


I'm a landlord and I left a fridge in the house but made it clear to the tenants verbally and via a contract that it is a gesture of goodwill and I'm not responsible for resolving.

What does your contract say - are you fully furnished? Also, how long have you been a tenant. I might be inclined to fix it if it was a longstanding good tenant in my house.

starkadder Sun 09-Mar-14 19:53:48

Merci - yes, he provides. We're excellent tenants of course smile have been here over 3 years and in that time stuff just does break - he had to replace the washing machine quite recently, which is why I feel bad. But it is not our fault!

starkadder Sun 09-Mar-14 19:55:19

Not fully furnished but white goods (washing machine, dishwasher and fridge freezer) included in inventory.

whois Sun 09-Mar-14 20:08:31

No harm in asking him to fix/replace it.

Oldraver Sun 09-Mar-14 20:10:20

You probably need a new lamp if the light isnt working

LRDtheFeministDragon Sun 09-Mar-14 20:26:17

It wouldn't occur to me not to ask and if a LL was funny about something on the inventory, I would be quite fed up TBH.

HadABadDay2014 Sun 09-Mar-14 20:28:40

It's worth asking.

The freezer doesn't work anyway and now the shelf has broken.

LessMissAbs Sun 09-Mar-14 20:56:11

Fridge shelves do break and are easily replaced. I wouldn't replace a whole fridge due to one broken shelf!

Your landlord may claim the cost of the replacement from you since it was given to you in full working order.

aquashiv Sun 09-Mar-14 21:09:53

most of these things are easily broken/replaced. What does your contract say it should be covered?

starkadder Sun 09-Mar-14 22:14:16

Isn't it just normal wear and tear? I think he'd have a bit of a nerve asking us to pay to fix it - that never even entered my head!!

Thanks everyone for all the repliessmile

BuntyCollocks Mon 10-Mar-14 01:19:00

We're in the position of being both landlords and tenants, so I'm speaking from experience of both. I'd be trying to fix it myself. I doubt it'll cost much, and as my management agency for the property we own has told me (our tenant is a twat), tenants are expected to treat your home/items as though they are their own, and that involves making small, inexpensive repairs.

So, yes, replacing a bulb in fridge and trying to sort out the milk shelf.

TheDetective Mon 10-Mar-14 01:26:26

Stark Our fridge did the same thing - the plastic molding just snapped off one day when we put the milk in.

It isn't repairable - it would require a whole new bloody fridge freezer! Anyway, after huffing and puffing over it (because the milk needs to go somewhere, and that somewhere is not lying down ready to leak all over my food!) I discovered there are moldings higher up. So we just moved the milk shelf up a notch higher. I think there was another shelf, which we had to remove so the milk still fit in. But it worked - and is still working.

The light should be replaceable with a bulb.

Speak to the LL and ask them to come out and take a look. It's wear and tear, so not your fault.

holidaysarenice Mon 10-Mar-14 01:59:20

I bet you put a 3l milk cartoon in! They always break the plastic.

Oriunda Mon 10-Mar-14 07:46:10

I'm a ll. I'd probably sigh, and source a new shelf but I'd be wondering what size milk bottle you put in there. Anything over 2 litres (especially if a large family) might have caused the shelf to break as shelf may not ha been wide enough (my fridge takes a 1 litre bottle comfortably). I'd suggest you look online yourself to see if you can source the shelf, to save the ll the trouble of having to ask you what model etc the fridge is (I don't know what model fridge is in my flat as the instructions etc are there). If it's a small amount (under £20) I'd replace myself but let ll know and build up goodwill. Over that, let the ll know.

Anything like bulbs etc I'd consider tenants' responsibility for replacing.

LessMissAbs Mon 10-Mar-14 13:09:59

Breaking things isn't normal wear and tear. Wear and tear is when things wear out, not break. Fridge shelves are relatively fragile and if you thump heavy objects down on top of them, they tend to break. If it makes life so difficult, since you have internet access, have you thought about googling the fridge make and model along with the words "replacement shelf and fittings"?

Oriunda Anything like bulbs etc I'd consider tenants' responsibility for replacing

I agree, but have you ever known a tenant replace a bulb in a fridge?

LRDtheFeministDragon Mon 10-Mar-14 13:50:01

No, things that break can come under wear and tear. It depends on the condition of the fridge - you cannot expect a tenant magically not to break things that are on their last legs.

I've replaced bulbs in fridges before, but perhaps they were unusually simple ones.

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