Tenant’s Responsibilities to Repair and Maintain a Rental Property

Landlords and property managers are not the only ones that are responsible for maintaining a rental property. While larger maintenance and repair issues are the responsibility of the landlord, smaller repairs and everyday maintenance of a rental property is the job of a tenant. In addition, a tenant would be responsible for major repairs to the rental property if they failed to fulfill their maintenance responsibilities which led to the issue that needs to be repaired.

Below is a list of responsibilities that tenants are obligated to fulfill

  • Tenants must keep the rental as clean and as safe as possible given the area the property is located in.

  • Tenants must dispose of garbage and other waste in a safe manner.

  • Tenants must keep plumbing as clean as they can.

  • Tenants must use the property’s systems such as heating, plumbing and air conditioning properly.

  • Tenants are responsible to fix anything that they break or damage.

  • In several states tenants have to notify the landlord of anything defective or dangerous in their rental in a timely manner.

Property managers and landlords need to make sure they properly document and inspect the state of their rental property at least once a year. Landlords that fail to have photo documentation and proof of repairs may have a hard time proving their tenants failed to properly maintain the property. Even if landlords due properly document the state of their rentals and any completed repairs, if they do not have an advanced property management system they could spend hours searching for the information when it is needed. Realty Information Systems is the perfect management property software to help landlords stay organized without breaking the bank.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post in not intended to be construed as legal advice, nor should it be considered a substitute for obtaining individual legal counsel or consulting your local, state, federal or provincial tenancy laws.