Posted in Blog  
  on Dec 10, 2012

Landlord Maintenance Costs and Responsibilities

Everyone knows that a landlord’s job is not easy. These folks have specific duties and responsibilities that they must perform in order to be fair. Being a landlord is not a position but it is, in fact, a job that you have to do. Whether you do this every day is another issue, but doing it most of the time means it comes with certain actions and activities that you must fulfill.

Responsibilities of a landlord are too many to be described in full, but the basics remain the same. As a landlord, you’re responsible to provide a rental space unit that is habitable. It should also be up to par with the living conditions. These conditions are described by the local housing authorities and other community councils that are in charge of tenants’ welfare. A housing unit must have all the utilities functioning correctly and so anything that is damaged or needs fixing should be repaired before the arrival of the tenants. If damages occur after the arrival of the tenants, you will go through what is known as a repair and maintenance schema. This schema works in the way that one of the prime duties for you is to keep an eye out on your property as well as the people that inhabit it. Therefore, regular checks and up keep of the property should be done.

Most landlords make visits to the rental space or property only to find that the bathroom faucet is leaking, there is a nasty stain on the carpet or the house is infested with insects or termites. Whatever the case may be, one of the landlord’s responsibilities is also to make sure they go ahead, maintain the property and up keep it properly. Maintenance cost is sometimes quite difficult to keep up with but one should know that properly maintained property would have its perks. You can repair things well so they can last you a long time. Another thing to make sure is that whatever damages do occur, you should see if they have occurred due to natural conditions. For instance, you need to check if the utility has reached its peak of functionality or it is the tenant’s fault. If it does end up being the tenant’s fault then it is most likely that they will pay for it.

Maintenance costs are something that landlords need to keep in check. Maintenance will have to be done every few months or so. Therefore, it makes sense to set aside an amount of money that will compensate and be enough for the maintenance that they need to do. Responsibilities of the landlord also include making sure that you repaint and re-plaster the property, check the heating systems and make sure that the faucets function well. The building must be sound, flooring and electrical system must be intact. Poor housekeeping will not work in your favor. Therefore, mind it and keep it in check. When you do not maintain your property well, you may even be held responsible for being negligent. Negligence will then work heavily on you rather than make things better for you and your tenants.

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