Home cooks rave about the benefits of cooking on a gas range, which can be frustrating for renters who feel stuck with their electric stoves. But there are ways to work with landlords to get a new gas range.
Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that gas stoves, electric stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers are all considered appliances, so they’re generally under the control and maintenance of your landlord.
But not all rental properties come equipped with appliances, and in my state, Tennessee, there are no laws stating that a landlord must provide appliances for their tenants – but rather, they must provide the means to connect appliances.
As a result, it’s important to have a discussion with your landlord about the appliances that will be included with the property before signing a lease.
Discuss with your landlord which appliances will be included before signing the lease.
Appliances don’t have to be top of the line. They just need to be in working order. But for home cooks, having a good stove is a real priority. It may seem silly, however, to forgo a great property just because of a bad electric range.
The question remains, how can you, a renter, get a new gas stove put in your rental unit and ditch the bad electric range without losing your deposit?
First and Foremost
It’s worth mentioning that not all residences have a gas line coming into the house. But even if there is one, there’s no guarantee that the gas line is anywhere near the kitchen.
If there is a gas line in the house, a certified plumber will be able to extend the line to the kitchen and prepare it for a new gas stove hookup.
If your home is able to handle a gas stove, proceed ahead:
1. Ask for a Replacement
If the leasing agreement states that the landlord is in charge of dealing with appliance repairs, ask the landlord if they can replace the stove with a different model.
There’s no harm in asking. You’re more likely to be successful in getting a replacement stove if the old one needs repairs. Then your query might be enough to persuade the landlord to upgrade the appliance.
2. Ask to “Go 50/50”
If asking for a new stove doesn’t work, ask your landlord whether they would consider going 50/50 on a new gas stove. You probably won’t be able to take the stove with you at the end of your lease in this case, but at least you would get to use a great new gas stove during your rental stay.
If you put your request in writing, with the inclusion that you will leave the stove when you leave, then it is more likely that your landlord will be willing to go 50/50 with you on the cost.
Keep in mind, you likely won’t have any “ownership” of the stove, even if you do pay half the cost.
3. Replace the Appliance Yourself
If your landlord isn’t keen on the 50/50 option, you could replace the appliance yourself if the landlord agrees. Here’s what you need to do to ensure that you don’t violate your rental agreement:
Ask the landlord whether they are okay with you replacing the appliance. If not, you’ll need to live with the old one.
If they are fine with it, make sure you put the agreement in writing, and get your landlord to sign the agreement. The agreement should include the following:
- That you have permission to buy and install the new gas stove appliance.
- That you have permission to remove the old electric range.
- That the landlord is still responsible for replacement and repair of the new appliance should it break.
- An explanation of what happens when your lease ends. For example, can you take the stove with you, or will you be reimbursed if you leave the appliance? They might not agree with letting you take it or reimbursing you. You might need to leave the appliance when you vacate, so think about whether you’d be willing to do that.
If your landlord agrees to replace the electric stove with a gas stove, make sure this is well documented in the lease. If you already have a lease in place, get an amended lease, or have a signed statement that documents the removal process.