Should I Offer to Buy the Vintage Stove in My Rental from My Landlord?

Should I Offer to Buy the Vintage Stove in My Rental from My Landlord?

Regina Yunghans
Dec 11, 2013
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Q: I found my dream apartment and moved in last week. It's at the top of my price range, but what really sold me on it is this AMAZING fully-restored vintage Wedgewood stove. Unfortunately, I awoke my first morning in the new place to my apartment reeking of natural gas. It turns out my favorite part of the apartment—a large part of why I picked the place—has a gas leak. The landlord says that the stove is too expensive to fix and is unwilling to repair it and has offered instead to replace it with a ho-hum used modern stove. My heart is breaking at the thought of losing this stove!!

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I've already made the argument that the stove adds value to the property—I know that I wouldn't have been as willing to pay as much for the apartment without it… though I have no choice if he removes it. I thought about offering to split the repair with him, even though this seems a little silly since the stove was leaky when I moved in. Then I thought, perhaps I should offer to buy the stove from him and pay for the repairs myself? The stove is obviously worth some money, broken or not. However I feel like I should be able to offer less than it is fully worth, given that I will have to pay the cost of repair/maintenance from now on, and it saves the landlord the cost of replacement and moving the monstrous thing from the apartment. Should I offer a low(ish) price for the stove and see what happens? Would it just be better to offer to split (or fully) pay for the repairs?

I'm frustrated because it seems disingenuous to rent the apartment with an obvious selling point/rent booster, and then take it away the week after the lease is signed.

Thanks for any advice!

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