How to Encourage Your Tenant to Maintain Your Property
Tenant is your partner in your property and you should treat them as such.
The first step is to make sure that they know they are important to you.
Secondly, make sure that you explain the importance of good maintenance to them, which means being very clear about what constitutes good maintenance.
Thirdly, be consistent with the actions you take when your tenant fails to maintain the property. If your tenant is renting from you and they do not maintain the property, evict them as soon as possible.
If your tenant has an oral lease or if it is a long-term lease, evicting them will not be an easy task.
This means that it will be up to you to make sure that the property remains in good condition while it is for rent. You need to have a clause written into the lease contract stating that all necessary repairs are your tenant’s responsibility and for you to keep records of all necessary repairs made by them.
This way, if something happens and you need to evict them for failure to maintain the property, then you will have proof of their failure in maintaining the property with these records of repairs done by them.
You should also check all new tenants’ references before agreeing on a lease with them because if there is any record of their negligence towards maintaining their previous properties, then they will probably fail at maintaining yours too.
Maintenance Issues: Landlord vs Tenant Responsibilities
The issue of maintenance responsibilities can complicate the situation when both parties take part in making a claim for damages caused due to a breach of duty owed by one party towards another party.
However, some cases tend to lend themselves better than others when it comes down to determining which party should pay for damages caused during a failure on their part towards fulfilling their obligations.
For example, when an electrical failure occurs due to either improper wiring or negligence on behalf of the landlord or his agents, landlords are normally responsible for paying compensation because they failed in their duty to provide their tenants with habitable living conditions.
In this case, although landlords have reputations through court rulings and established case law rules/regulations whereby they are liable for paying compensation costs due to losses the tenants suffer.
The negligence can include when they failed to maintain the property or when they failed to provide adequate security in the property.
However, we cannot say the same for an electrical failure.
Another example is when water leaks from a pipe carrying water from a kitchen sink into a disposal unit and instead leaks into the kitchen cabinets causing extensive damage.
Just determining who is responsible for paying damages can be very complex. But it is possible if both parties agree to work together.
Maintenance: What is a Warranty of Habitability?
In most states and countries, tenants have certain rights to the property they rent out from their landlords.
These rights include the right to have the property in a livable condition when they move in and move out.
In some states, people refer these rights to as a warranty of habitability.
Under this law, the landlord’s obligations include providing his tenants with safe and habitable living conditions.
In most cases, this means that he must provide his tenants with all the basic facilities. It may include running water, electricity, proper plumbing, heating, and cooling systems, and so on.
There are also some legal requirements that you must meet to keep your property in a good condition.
Legal Rights for Tenants
Many states and countries have laws that give certain rights to tenants regarding the livability of their rented properties.
It includes legal rights such as compensation for injuries suffered due to their landlord’s negligence. There are also laws that absolve landlords from paying compensation costs due to losses suffered by tenants.
That happens even if tenants suffer losses as a result of their negligence unless it was willful and malicious.
However, you still need to make sure that you maintain your property well.
If something happens because you did not take the necessary actions, you will probably have to pay out compensation costs.
Tenant-Landlord Relationship is a Thin Line
At the end of the day, it is your choice to have or not have a tenant. But, as a landlord, you need to make sure that you do not make it difficult for your tenants.
The more comfortable they are, the more likely they will stay with you. Be respectful of your tenants.
If they are unhappy, they will be less likely to want to stay with you. They may also cause trouble if they are unhappy, and this could lead to eviction proceedings.
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