A Brief Guide to Tenant versus Owner Property Maintenance Responsibilities

Many tenants don’t realize their responsibilities when it comes to maintaining the rental property. Though multifamily property owners or investors are responsible for most of the property maintenance, tenants too have their share of responsibilities towards the upkeep of the building. Being a multifamily property owner or investor, it is your responsibility to help tenants understand their role in maintaining the building. It is, advisable, to let tenants know your expectations during the lease signing process and if possible provide a handout describing their maintenance responsibilities as part of a move-in welcome package. Continuing the discussion, in this post, we discuss the renter maintenance checklist for tenants, which will help avoid future conflict of interest.


Renter maintenance checklist for tenants –

1. Waste Management

One of the most important issues to discuss with your tenants is waste management. Though you can’t expect or force your tenants to keep apartments spotless, you can include terms in the lease regarding garbage management. In your rental agreement, you can mention the responsibility of tenants to properly dispose trash that could lead to pest infestation. To have a proper waste management system in place, you can also seek the assistance of a professional multi-family housing rehabilitation service provider.


2. Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Though it is the responsibility of the landlord to keep these systems in working order, tenants are required to use these fixtures in the right order and report for damages on time, to prevent further damages. You can also include regular cleaning of pipes and air filters as a part of tenant property maintenance checklist.


3. Security Alarm Systems

Property owners or investors are required to provide safety features, such as smoke detectors, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors and replace or repair them when needed. Tenants, on the other hand, are required to replace batteries and ensure that these systems are working properly. It is, therefore, advisable to include these provisions in the rental lease.


4. Landscaping

Landscaping is owner’s responsibility and if an unmaintained property is violating any local laws or homeowner’s association (HOA) rules, owners are liable to pay the fines. It is also important for property owners to keep bushes trimmed to prevent fire hazards to the property. If landscaping maintenance is a part of your renter-tenant maintenance checklist, tenants would be liable for fine charged for violating any local or HOA rules.


5. Pest control

It is property owner’s responsibility to arrange pest control if there are any instances of pest infestation. Tenants, on the other hand, are required to keep home and property premises clean as to not invite infestation. If any particular tenant is seen not adhering to sanitary guidelines, the owner can deduct the amount paid for extermination from tenant’s security deposit.


Wrap up

Both owners and tenants are equally responsible for maintaining the rental property. Having a detailed tenants checklist in place can help renters to avoid any future conflict of interest arising from the confusion around maintenance of the building. That said, if you are looking for multi family housing rehabilitation services to align your property with evolving tenants requirements, or planning to include an advanced waste management program for your rental property, contact United Renovations Specialty Group. Leveraging our years of experience and expertise in undertaking multi family housing rehabilitation projects, we can work within fixed budgets and always deliver outstanding quality within set timelines. To learn more on how we can be of help, fill out our contact form. You can also give us a call at 480-219-6743 or 866-333-5159.

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