Boiler maintenance, I smell a con...?

(Greg Harvey) #1

Hi all,

Anyone know if the gas boiler in a rented house is the concern of the tenant or the landlord in France? Our letting agency is pushing us to take out a central heating maintenance contract for the boiler. It’s only about 100€/year, so it’s not a lot of money, but it sits badly with me. As a landlord in the UK who needs to get their boiler serviced and

safety-checked annually by law, it’s entirely my concern, not something my tenants need to care about. Is it so different in France?

France Property (which, I have to say, seems to be a goldmine of useful information for property law and advice) includes “routine maintenance of heating system” as something tenants are responsible for, so perhaps that is the case:

But it doesn’t make any sense! I mean, I’m responsible for maintenance, but the owner is responsible for any parts and labour that comes of the boiler being checked, so what’s the point? Why do I need a contract? Why can’t I just call the agence if the boiler breaks? What happens if I don’t get a maintenance contract and the boiler breaks? Surely the landlord is still obliged to fix it?!

I’m confused… anyone know how this works?



(Greg Harvey) #2

Thanks Stuart… I’ll check. Or I would, if the agence actually sent us a copy! We’ve chased the lady concerned about half a dozen times now, and lived here over a month, still no copy of our “bail”… I’m going to go fetch it in person soon! waves fist :wink:

(Stuart Wilson) #3

Hi Greg
When we rented in Cahors, the boiler maintenance was included in our contract. We did rent through an agency though so maybe that’s where the difference lies.


(Greg Harvey) #4

Ok, thanks. So I just need to make sure that whatever I sign up for includes the usual annual service. As long as it’s not just my agence pulling a fast one, I don’t mind. It is how it is. Just wanted to make sure they weren’t extracting the Michael! :wink:

(Catharine Higginson) #5

As far as I understand it, as a tenant you are obliged to undertake the routine maintenance - in other words pay for the annual service - aka a complete con. Grrr.When we were renting we had to do this and it really annoyed me. Double grrr.