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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Merritt Island Tenant Changing a LightbulbWhen searching for a Merritt Island rental home, lots of us want to move into a property that is both clean and well maintained. But keeping a rental home that way takes effort from both you and your landlord. While your landlord has a responsibility to guarantee that the property is in a habitable condition, there are several maintenance tasks that you are expected to do as long as you’re a tenant. Let’s take a closer look at the most common maintenance issues that are a tenant’s job.

Taking Out the Trash

Keep your rental home free of trash and garbage is one of a tenant’s most crucial responsibilities. Leaving trash or other items lying around can not only make the property look and smell terrible but can also invite pests and disease. If your landlord doesn’t provide trash disposal, be sure to sign up for service as soon as you move in.

Pest Prevention

In relation to pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, it is usually your responsibility to get rid of them. The landlord should have made sure that there were no pests on the property before you moved in. But once you live there, it’s your job to keep the place clean and treat infestations immediately. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property anyway.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping your rental property clean and tidy includes both the interior and exterior of the home. Most of the time, tenants are responsible for keeping the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, debris, and other items. In some cases, a landlord may offer these services to you for an additional fee. Be sure to check your lease carefully – it should describe your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not notice your rental home’s smoke detectors or light bulbs – that is until they stop working or starting beeping in the middle of the night! In most cases, it is the tenant’s responsibility to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace any burned-out light bulbs as long as you live in the home. If a smoke detector is malfunctioning, however, be sure to contact your landlord. When that happens, it’s their job to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can grow anywhere, but prevention isn’t too difficult. As a tenant, it is your job to keep mold from growing in your rental home. A few easy ways to avoid mold from growing is to ensure that your home has good ventilation and that you address excess moisture immediately. For example, leaving damp towels or clothing in a corner, letting a steamy bathroom sit closed off without a fan or window, or ignoring leaking plumbing can all lead to mold. If you do see mold starting to grow, clean it up immediately with bleach. By taking a few simple precautions, there is a lot you can do to prevent mold in your home.

Respect the Property

As a tenant, it is important to use each rental home element correctly and with respect. This includes proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical systems, and septic systems, among other things. Although regular wear and tear happen, any damage to these items caused by improper use is almost always the tenant’s responsibility. This could mean an expensive repair bill and a very unhappy landlord, as well. If you notice any repair issues that are not your responsibility, you should immediately contact your landlord. Allowing broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances to go unaddressed could turn out badly for you since small maintenance issues can so easily turn into big repairs in a very short time.

 

Are you looking for a rental home that is in great condition – managed by a landlord committed to keeping it that way? Look no further than Real Property Management Brevard! Call us at 321-610-8022 or view our current listings online.

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