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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

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When choosing a Granville County rental home, most individuals tend to move to a property that is both clean and well maintained. Yet, keeping a rental home that way takes effort from both you and your landlord. While your landlord has a responsibility to ensure that the property is in a habitable condition, there are a couple of maintenance tasks that you are expected to do since you’re a tenant. Let’s take a closer look at the most familiar maintenance concerns that are a tenant’s obligation.

Taking Out the Trash

Keep your rental home free of trash and mess is one of a tenant’s most important responsibilities. Allowing trash or other things left on the floor can not only make the property look and smell gross, but it can also invite pests and disease. If your landlord doesn’t provide trash disposal, be sure to sign up for a service the moment you move in.

Pest Prevention

With regards to pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, it is mainly 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 as long as you reside there, it is your responsibility to keep your area clean and address infestations right away. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property anyway.

Yard Maintenance

Retaining your rental property clean and tidy includes both the interior and exterior of the home. Usually, tenants are responsible for keeping the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, trash, and some stuff. Sometimes, a landlord may refer these services to you for an additional fee. Be sure to read your lease cautiously – it should describe your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not recognize your rental home’s smoke detectors or light bulbs – that is until they stop working or start beeping in the middle of the night! Typically, 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 does not function, don’t forget to report it to your landlord. When that happens, it’s their job to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can flourish anywhere, but prevention isn’t too difficult. As a tenant, you must stop mold from spreading in your rental home. A few easy ways to avoid mold from growing is to guarantee that your home has good ventilation and immediately manage excess moisture. 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 utilizing some of these precautions, you can quickly prevent mold in your home.

Respect the Property

As a tenant, it is essential to use each rental home element correctly and with respect. This involves the proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical systems, and septic systems, among other things. Although natural wear and tear occur, any damage to these things from improper use is always the tenant’s responsibility. This could mean a big repair bill and a very sad landlord, as well. If you witness any maintenance failure that is not your mistake, you must immediately contact your landlord. It could be inconvenient for you if you leave broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances ignored since small maintenance issues can so easily turn into big repairs in a couple of days.


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