While looking at a Mountain House rental home, to some extent, we’d all like 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 with the intent to verify the property is in a habitable condition, there are plenty of maintenance tasks that you are required to perform as long as you’re a renter. Let’s take a closer look at the most prevalent 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 call for trash disposal, sign up for service as soon as you move in.
Speaking of pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, it is commonly your responsibility to eliminate them. The landlord ought to have made sure there weren’t pests on the property before your arrival. But once you live there, it’s your job to clean the place and treat infestations right away. If an infestation gets to the point of wanting professional extermination, ensure that you contact your Mountain House property manager. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property.
Keeping your rental property clean and tidy contains the interior and exterior of the home. For the most part, renters are responsible for maintaining the landscaping. Inferring further from this keeping the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, debris, and other items. Now and then, a landlord may offer these services to you for an additional fee. Check your lease cautiously – It should explain 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! Generally speaking, 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. However, if a smoke detector is malfunctioning, make sure to contact your landlord. So long as that occurs, it’s their job to replace or fix it.
Mold can grow anywhere, but prevention isn’t too complicated. As a renter, it is your job to keep mold from growing in your rental home. Easy methods to prevent mold from developing include making sure that your home has good ventilation and addressing 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 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 important 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. Right now, you need to contact your landlord if you notice any repair issues that are not your responsibility. Allowing broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances to go unaddressed could turn out badly for you since small maintenance issues can quickly turn into big repairs.
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 One! We have an inventory of great homes in your area; view our current listings online.
We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.