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Tenant broke parts of fridge, can't be replaced by Diana (NH) on April 27, 2018 @15:35

                              
Our tenants just moved out. They broke 2 draws in a six year old high end fridge. Believe it or not, the parts can't be re-ordered. It is a Sears fridge. How do I deal with this with their security deposit. They broke a substantial part of the storage as this is a side by side fridge. They broke a crisper draw, dairy cover and a humidity draw. What is the fair thing to do in this situation? The new tenant is complaining that there is no where to put food as the storage is vertical in a side-by-side, and they are correct. Any input would be greatly appreciated. (I take pics every year of the inside and outside as far as documentation.
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Re: Tenant broke parts of fridge, can't be replaced by Anonymous on April 27, 2018 @17:34 [ Reply ]
welcome to my world.

I just lost a tenant over my not willing to furnish fridge and washer / dryer in upper end sfr. I am not in the appliance rental business and feel NO LL SHOULD BE.
If the negotiation goes in that direction, I offer cash amounts towards tenant buying and owning their own appliances. In your case a six year old fridge is almost at the end of it's life anyway and most of that stuff should be depreciated out in five. That's what a judge will tell you. Many of us have made the mistake of putting fancy appliances in upper end units to 'make-em-sexy'......tenants are tenants because they're tenants !

Part of the problem is that the genius designers offshore who are specifying cheap plastics for shelving have no idea,....and don't care,...what a gallon of milk weighs and how many times over ten years of use it get bounced around on that door shelf.

there are companies that stockpile appliance parts on the net. I've found oven hinges, solenoids, glass, all sorts of oem stuff that the manufacturer's 800 numbers laughed at me for trying to find.
Re: Tenant broke parts of fridge, can't be replaced by Anonymous on April 27, 2018 @17:37 [ Reply ]
welcome to my world.

I just lost a tenant over my not willing to furnish fridge and washer / dryer in upper end sfr. I am not in the appliance rental business and feel NO LL SHOULD BE.
If the negotiation goes in that direction, I offer cash amounts towards tenant buying and owning their own appliances. In your case a six year old fridge is almost at the end of it's life anyway and most of that stuff should be depreciated out in five. That's what a judge will tell you. Many of us have made the mistake of putting fancy appliances in upper end units to 'make-em-sexy'......tenants are tenants because they're tenants !

Part of the problem is that the genius designers offshore who are specifying cheap plastics for shelving have no idea,....and don't care,...what a gallon of milk weighs and how many times over ten years of use it get bounced around on that door shelf.

there are companies that stockpile appliance parts on the net. I've found oven hinges, solenoids, glass, all sorts of oem stuff that the manufacturer's 800 numbers laughed at me for trying to find.
Re: Tenant broke parts of fridge, can't be replaced by Chuck (NY) on April 27, 2018 @17:43 [ Reply ]
Use the model from inside the unit at searspartsdirect.com for lookup/cross reference, and updated part numbers. 9 out of 10 times you can find parts at ebay or amazon. Partsdirect is usually expensive and charges for shipping.
Good luck!

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