Maintenance for each side’s sake

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One of the landlord’s many duties is to repair the leased property and maintain it in livable conditions. Also, whenever the landlord must enter the leased property, s/he must notify the tenant in a timely manner, except in cases of emergency.

Many landlords come into conflict with their tenants for not fixing or correcting problems in a rental house. In general, the best advice for a landlord is to repair a problem on the rented property as soon as possible.

Privileged Maintenance Points

Heating and plumbing problems, due to their unique nature, must be fixed within 24 hours after becoming aware of the problem. In the case of other problems that are not so urgent, repairs must be made within 48 hours.

However, landlords should always keep in mind that they must notify tenants in advance before entering the leased property. Landlords can only enter a rental unit without prior notice in case of emergencies, such as floods or fires.

Duty of repair and maintenance

In most states, a landlord must ensure that the rented property is in the livable condition when the tenant moves. In addition, once the tenant moves out, the landlord must make the necessary repairs and maintenance so that the leased property is kept in livable conditions.

In addition, landlords should consult local code standards for ventilation, lighting and electrical wiring. These laws vary from one state to another and, even, from one city to another. For example, some cities require landlords to place smoke detectors in certain locations in a rented house and to check them regularly and replace their batteries when necessary.

Some states also require landlords to care for and protect the safety of their tenants. In these states, landlords must ensure that there are bolts on all windows to the outside, a lockable knob and a lock on each door to the outside, a latch-type latch mechanism and a deadbolt for each sliding glass door.

You should think twice

When a landlord fails to perform the necessary repairs or maintenance after receiving the tenant’s request, there could be several consequences. First, depending on the laws of your state, the tenant could choose to retain all the rent until the problem is fixed.

Some states consider this excessive and often require the tenant to put the rent money into a security deposit account that will be released to the landlord once repairs are made. In addition, your tenant may decide to pay a smaller amount of rent until the problem is solved.

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