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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

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When trying to find a Merced rental home, most of us want to move into a clean and well-maintained property. But keeping a rental house 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, many maintenance tasks are expected of you as long as you’re a renter. Let’s take a closer look at the most frequent maintenance issues for which a renter is responsible.

Taking Out the Trash

Keeping your rental home free of trash and garbage is a renter’s most important responsibility. Leaving trash or other items around can make the property look and smell bad and invite pests and diseases. If your landlord doesn’t supply you with trash disposal, sign up for service as soon as you move in.

Pest Prevention

Speaking of pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, most of the time it is your responsibility to remove them from the home. 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 immediately clean the place and treat infestations. If an infestation gets to the point of requiring professional extermination, make sure to contact your Merced property manager. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping your rental property clean and tidy includes the interior and exterior of the home. Most of the time, renters are responsible for maintaining the landscaping. This also means keeping the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, debris, and other items. Sometimes, a landlord may offer these services to you for an additional fee. 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 until they stop working or start beeping in the middle of the night! In most of these instances, the renter is responsible for replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors and replacing any burned-out light bulbs as long as you live in the home. It is worth noting though that if a smoke detector is malfunctioning, 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 renter, it is your job to keep mold from growing in your rental home. A few easy ways to prevent mold from developing include guaranteeing that your home has amazing ventilation and addressing extra moisture immediately. For instance, 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 mold starts 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 renter, it is crucial to use each rental home element correctly and with respect. This includes proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical, 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 renter’s responsibility. This could mean an expensive repair bill and a very unhappy landlord, as well. You should immediately contact your landlord if you notice any repair issues that are not your responsibility. Permitting broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances to go unaddressed could turn out badly for you since small maintenance issues can quickly turn into big repairs.


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