When you move into a new rental, it’s important to have an idea of what you and your landlord are each responsible for as far as maintenance goes. If you’ve lived in rental properties or apartments in the past, there’s a good chance you will notice a few similarities between the different places you’ve lived. However, each place is unique, and the tenants of one location may be willing to take responsibility for a few maintenance inquiries that another place wouldn’t. In today’s post, we will discuss some of the most common maintenance responsibilities that your landlord isn’t responsible for to give you a better idea of what you can expect when you move into a new place.
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Burned Out Light Bulbs
It can be extremely annoying when you’re eating dinner at the kitchen table, cooking dinner, or even getting dressed in the morning and the light bulb burns out. Unfortunately, this problem isn’t something you can just call your landlord to come and fix. Burned out light bulbs fall under the category of maintenance that the tenant is responsible for, meaning you will need to go to the store and buy a new light bulb unless you already have a stash in your apartment or home. The benefit of being in charge of your light bulbs is that you get to choose whatever kind you want! Unfortunately, just because you replace the light bulbs doesn’t mean you get to unscrew them and take them with you when you leave.
Similarly to light bulbs, batteries are another item that you are responsible for replacing. When it comes to TV remotes and batteries in your electric toothbrush, this may seem like a no-brainer. However, replacing the batteries also applies to items that came in your apartment such as the smoke detector and the carbon monoxide detector. Even though these small appliances came with the apartment, it is your responsibility to replace the batteries, and if you try to get your landlord to replace them, it may cause more trouble than it would take for you to run to the store and buy them yourself.
Unlike when you stay for an extended period of time in a hotel, there isn’t a maid service that will come and clean your home daily when you live in a rental. Cleaning falls under the category of maintaining the home, but it’s not something your landlord will come and take care of for you. Cleaning falls under the responsibility of the tenant because the tenant is the one who makes the mess in the first place. Additionally, some people have preferences over what cleaning products are used, and trying to keep track of those preferences can be a lot for a landlord to juggle. However, if you don’t have time to clean your home on a regular basis, you always have the option of hiring a cleaning service on your own to come and clean up your rental property.
Running toilets seem to be a problem that everyone has dealt with at some point or another — you flush the toilet and realize a few minutes later that it never stopped running. For those who don’t have much experience with plumbing, trying to fix this problem on your own can feel daunting, and your first thought may be to call your landlord. However, small problems with the toilet, such as the water constantly running, isn’t something your landlord will usually tackle. Luckily, you can usually find easy instructions or video tutorials online that can help you figure out how to solve the problem. That being said, if the problem gets worse, it may be a good idea to give your landlord a call.
Other Minor Fixes
For the most part, minor fixes are the responsibility of the tenant, especially if the fix is necessary as a result of something the tenant did. For example, if the tenant has a pet who tore through a screen, it’s likely that the landlord will replace it to ensure that the old screen is replaced or repaired with the right equipment, but they may ask the tenant to pay for the repairs or have the tenant reimburse them at a later date.
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