A common problem with renting is maintenance. The question is who should pay for the maintenance. In principle, article 7:206 BW stipulates that the landlord must assume all maintenance. However article 7:217 BW ensures that the tenant must take small maintenance for his account. If the landlord refures to carry out major maintenance, the rent can be reduced by as much as 50 percent in some cases. If the landlord rectifies the defects he may request the normal rent.