"Overview of Typical Landlord Responsibilities"
Much like rental property law in general, your landlord responsibilities may differ slightly from state-to-state. But for the most part, they are similar no matter where you are located. They really boil down to common sense. Importantly, your tenants have certain responsibilities too.
TYPICAL LANDLORD RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide safe & habitable housing that complies with all your municipality's building, housing, and health codes.
- Give your tenants at least 24 hours notice before entering their apartment. Don't just show up out of the blue unless you have a legitimate emergency.
- Clean and maintain common areas (hallways, stairs, yards, entry ways).
- Provide adequate lighting in hallways / entryways.
- Maintain working utilities (running water, heating, etc.).
- Always respond to tenant violations
- Respond to maintenance requests in a timely manner.
- Provide details on the status of the tenant's
and return this to the tenant at the end of the lease term as required by
- Give the tenant your emergency contact info and rent payment address.
- Precisely follow all
laws in your state.
- Do not charge tenants for normal wear and tear
A WORD ON NORMAL WEAR & TEAR
You obviously must hold your tenants accountable for damage to their apartment by deducting legitimate repair expenses form his/her security deposit. Legitimate expenses include things such as broken windows, holes in walls, carpet stains or burns, broken appliances, etc.
However, you're not allowed to ding them for normal wear and tear. Examples of normal wear and tear include:
- Faded or nicked paint
- Worn carpet due to its age
- Dirty window blinds
- Worn door hinges or locks
Just make sure you only deduct legitimate damages from your tenant's security deposits. Otherwise, you may find yourself locked in a dispute.
TYPICAL TENANT RESPONSIBILITIES
Again, this is a two-way street. Your tenants have their own responsibilities, such as:
- Abide by the terms of the
especially regarding the timely payment of
- Keep the unit relatively clean
- Repair at-fault damages
- Do not do anything to disturb neighbors
- Maintain smoke detectors
- Provide adequate notice upon move-out.
- Do not move additional people in to the unit or sublet.
- When moving out, return the apartment to the same condition as it was upon move-in.
- Notify the landlord immediately if the apartment needs repair
It's good business to be the best landlord you can possibly be. A prerequisite of this is to focus on complying with your landlord responsibilities. Treat your tenants like customers and you'll be rewarded with better retention and fewer headaches. Click for more
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