As for less serious repairs, the rental agreement or lease may require either the tenant or the landlord to fix a particular item. Items covered by such an agreement might include refrigerators, washing machines, parking places, or swimming pools. These items are usually considered “amenities,” and their absence does not make a dwelling unit unfit for living.
These agreements to repair are usually enforceable in accordance with the intent of the parties to the rental agreement or lease.153
153 Portman and Brown, California Tenants’ Rights,(NOLO Press 2007).