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askguru expert
Hi there, thanks for writing to us on AskGuru.

We are sorry to hear about your situation.

The general rule is that a chattel (an item of personal property which is movable) always remains the tenant's and is removable by him at the end of the tenancy, whereas a fixture is the property of the landlord and the tenant has no right of removal.

In this case, if they are light fixtures that are fixed to the wall or ceiling, they are considered a fixture and remains the property of the landlord.

What your landlord is suggesting is called a minor repair clause. This is for the maintenance of the property due to wear and tear and not due to the tenant's negligence. These include the flooring, interior plaster and other surface materials, doors, windows, locks and furniture. The tenant shall pay up to $150 per item while the landlord bears the exceeding $150 per item as stated in the invoice.

We advise you to reach an amicable and win-win solution with your landlord.

Hope this answers your question.

Best Regards,

Team PropertyGuru