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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Benton City Tenant Changing a LightbulbWhen hunting for a Benton City rental home, plenty of people wish to relocate to a property that is both clean and well maintained. Yet, keeping a rental home that way takes effort from both you and your landlord. Although your landlord is responsible for ensuring that the property is in a habitable condition, there are some maintenance tasks that you are expected to do considering that you’re a tenant. Let’s explore more deeply the most typical maintenance concerns the tenant is responsible for.

Taking Out the Trash

Keeping your rental home free of trash and junk is one of a tenant’s most critical responsibilities. If trash or other things are left scattered on the floor, the property may not only look and smell awful, but it can also invite pests and disease. If your landlord does not give trash disposal service, be sure to sign up for a service once you’ve moved in.

Pest Prevention

When it comes to pests, when they make their way into your rental home, it is basically your responsibility to eliminate them. The landlord must have guaranteed that there were no pests on the property before you moved in. Since you’ve moved in there, you must keep the area tidy and handle infestations promptly. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property.

Yard Maintenance

Maintaining your rental property clean and tidy includes both the interior and exterior of the home. In most cases, tenants are in charge of keeping the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, litter, and other things. In some instances, a landlord may provide these services to you for an additional fee. Be sure to review your lease closely – it should define your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not be aware of your rental home’s smoke detectors or light bulbs – that is until they stop working or starting beeping in the middle of the night! In many scenarios, it is the tenant’s responsibility to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace any burned-out light bulbs supposing that you reside in the house. If a smoke detector is not properly working, however, contact your landlord immediately. When that arises, it’s their obligation to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can grow anywhere, but prevention is not too problematic. As a tenant, you should avoid mold from spreading in your rental home. Some simple ways to avoid mold from growing is to guarantee that your home has good ventilation and that excess moisture is eliminated immediately. For illustration, leaving damp towels or clothing in a corner, letting a steamy bathroom sit closed off without a fan or open window, or ignoring leaking plumbing can all lead to mold. If you notice mold starts to develop, clean it up right away 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 tenant, any rental property element should be used correctly and with respect. This includes proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical systems, and septic systems, together with other things. Even though normal wear and tear arise, any damage to these items due to improper use is almost always the tenant’s responsibility. This could signify a pricey repair bill and a disgruntled landlord, as well. If you find any difficulties in maintenance that are not your fault, you need to call your landlord right away. Allowing broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances to go unaddressed could turn out badly for you since small maintenance issues can so easily turn into big repairs in a very short time.


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 Tri-Cities! Call us at 509-572-5440 or view our current listings online.

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