Painting the premises before leaving

Q: I used to work for an organization. The organization used to house all employees in flats or apartments. The rent used to be paid by them, the levy and the water and light bills as well. It is mentioned in the contract lease of the apartment that upon leaving the tenant should get the place painted. The organization did not mention anything to me when I moved in that the cost of the painting is upon me. To me it was understood that the organization will endure the cost of painting the apartment as they used to endure all other costs. Is the cost of the painting my responsibility or the responsibility of the organization?


A: It is the responsibility of the one who hired the premises (i.e. the tenant) to paint the place before he hands it over to the landlord. Hence if your company hired the flat, the responsibility of painting the place will be upon them. However, if you hired the flat and your company helped you pay the rent, then the responsibility of painting the place will be upon you.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)