We rent a single-family home in an HOA subdivision. While living there, the mailbox broke, meaning the screws that attach the box to the pole rotted off and caused the box portion to fall off the pole. When I notified the landlord of this issue, she informed me that it was our responsibility to repair the mailbox, due to a section of the lease, seen below:
Premises Part of Community Association: The Premises are a part of a Property that is subject to either a Declaration of Condominium, a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions...In the event the Premises are subject to C.A. Documents, Tenant agrees to strictly comply with all use and occupancy restrictions contained therein in using the Premises and the Property. In the event any fine or specific assessment is levied against the Premises as a result of Tenant violating the use and occupancy restrictions set forth in the C.A. Documents, Tenant shall immediately pay the same to Landlord as additional rent.
The landlord acknowledged that because the mailbox was broken by previous tenants, they "fixed" it prior to us moving in and also added the above into the lease.
Your lease controls.
Fix the mailbox. Or take it down altogether.
You certainly must have better things to worry about.
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In an effort to reduce any costs, I would go ahead and get a new mailbox, but notify landlord in writing regarding same. As a landlord myself, I really appreciate it when tenants fix problems like this (and I remember it later). I hope this works out for you.
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This doesn't seem like something worth fighting over: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Tools-Hardware-Hardware-Mailboxes-Mailbox-Posts-Mailboxes/N-5yc1vZc8g5
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