In the search for a Maryland Heights rental home, many of us aspire 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 many maintenance tasks that you are needed to execute as long as you’re a renter. Let’s take a closer look at the 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 provide trash disposal, sign up for service as soon as you move in.
Speaking of pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, typically, it is your responsibility to eliminate them. The landlord ought to have ensured that there are no pests on the property before you moved 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 needing professional extermination, make sure to contact your Maryland Heights property manager. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property.
Keeping your rental property clean and tidy incorporates the interior and exterior of the home. Most of the time, 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 offer these services to you for an additional fee. Check your lease meticulously – it should explain your landlord’s expectations about 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 cases, 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. However, if a smoke detector is malfunctioning, make certain to contact your landlord. When that takes place, it’s their job to replace or fix it.
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 easy ways to prevent mold from developing include ensuring that your home has good ventilation and focusing excess moisture instantly. 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 starts 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 regular wear and tear happen, any damage to these items caused by improper use is almost always the renter’s responsibility. This could mean an expensive repair bill and a very unhappy 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.
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 Three Bridges! We have an inventory of great homes in your area; view our current listings online.
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