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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Matthews Tenant Changing a LightbulbWhen trying to search for a Merced rental home, most of us prefer 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 an obligation to make certain that the property is in a habitable condition, there are more than a few maintenance tasks that you are expected to do if you’re a tenant. Let’s have a closer look at the most frequent maintenance problems that are a tenant’s responsibility.

Taking Out the Trash

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

Pest Prevention

Speaking of pests, if there would be any that find their way into your rental home, it is normally your responsibility to get rid of them. The landlord should have made certain that there were no pests on the property before you moved in. But then again, 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 nonetheless.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping your rental property clean and tidy covers both the interior and exterior of the home. For the most part, tenants are answerable for keeping the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, rubble, and other objects. In some cases, a landlord may extend these services to you for an additional fee. Be sure to examine your lease carefully – it ought to explain your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not note your rental home’s smoke detectors or light bulbs – that is up 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 does not work properly, however, be sure to contact your landlord. When that happens, it’s their job to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can flourish wherever, but prevention isn’t too complicated. As a tenant, it is your job to keep mold from increasing in your rental home. Some simple ways to prevent mold from growing is to ensure that your home has good ventilation and that you address excess moisture instantly. 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 may lead to mold. If you do see mold beginning to grow, clean it up at once 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 occur, any damage to these items caused by improper use is almost always the tenant’s responsibility. This could mean a costly repair bill and an extremely disappointed 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 Valley Wide! Call us at 704-919-1344 or view our current listings online.

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