Do Landlords Have to Fix Garbage Disposals?

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Landlords are not generally required by law to fix garbage disposals. However, some state or local laws require it and some leases require the landlord will fix issues caused by normal wear and tear.

Requirement to Fix

Landlords are not typically required to provide garbage disposals, depending heavily on the jurisdiction. They are considered amenities, which most states do not require landlords to fix. However, some areas require that landlords fix any appliances that came with the apartment which would obligate the landlord to fix the garbage disposal if it was included with the apartment.

Caused by Tenant

Many garbage disposal issues are caused by the tenant’s misuse of the device, not normal and tear. For example, many tenants try to put large food items down the disposal, using it as a shredder for food. A plumber should be able to diagnose of the cause of the issue. If the tenant’s misuse caused the issue, the landlord is not required to fix it.

Requirement to Fix


Landlords are not typically required to provide garbage disposals, depending heavily on the jurisdiction. They are considered amenities, which most states do not require landlords to fix. However, some areas require that landlords fix any appliances that came with the apartment which would obligate the landlord to fix the garbage disposal if it was included with the apartment.

Caused by Tenant


Many garbage disposal issues are caused by the tenant’s misuse of the device, not normal and tear. For example, many tenants try to put large food items down the disposal, using it as a shredder for food. A plumber should be able to diagnose of the cause of the issue. If the tenant’s misuse caused the issue, the landlord is not required to fix it.

Last Update : July 22, 2018 UTC

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