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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Benton City Tenant Changing a Lightbulb

In the search for a Benton City rental home, many of us wish 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 to guarantee the property is in a habitable condition, There are plenty of maintenance tasks that you are obligated to accomplish as long as you’re a renter. Let’s take a closer look at its most frequent 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 offer trash disposal, sign up for service as soon as you move in.

Pest Prevention

Speaking of pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, typically, it is your responsibility to get rid of them. The landlord should have verified there were no pests on the property before you moving in. But once you live there, it’s your job to immediately clean the place and treat infestations. If an infestation gets to the point of calling for professional extermination, ensure that you contact your Benton City property manager. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping your rental property clean and tidy incorporates the interior and exterior of the home. For the overwhelming part, renters are responsible for maintaining the landscaping. This also means keeping the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, debris, and other items. Sometimes, a landlord may provide these services to you for an additional fee. Check your lease cautiously – it should describe your landlord’s expectations involving 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! In most circumstances, 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. Still, if a smoke detector is malfunctioning, be sure to contact your landlord. When that occurs, it’s their job to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

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. A few simple approaches to prevent mold from developing include guaranteeing that your home has good ventilation and delivering 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 begins 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 the appropriate use of appliances, plumbing, electrical, and septic systems, among other things. Although normal wear and tear occur, any damage to these items caused by improper use is almost always the renter’s responsibility. This could mean a high-priced repair bill and a very disappointed landlord, as well. You should immediately 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.


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