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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Maryland Heights Tenant Changing a LightbulbWhen looking for a Maryland Heights rental home, everyone would like to move into a property that is both clean and well maintained. But keeping a rental home that way takes effort from both you and your landlord. Even though your landlord has accountability to ensure that the property is in a habitable condition, there are many maintenance tasks that you are expected to do as long as you’re a tenant. Let’s explore more at the most common maintenance issues that are a tenant’s responsibility.

Taking Out the Trash

Keeping your rental home free of trash and debris is one of a tenant’s most vital responsibilities. Leaving trash or other items lying around can not only make the property look and smell bad, but it can also invite pests and disease. If your landlord doesn’t provide trash disposal, be sure to sign up for a service once you moved in.

Pest Prevention

Speaking of pests, if any do find their way into your rental home, it is normally your responsibility to remove them. The landlord should have made sure that there were no pests on the property before you moved in. But once you reside there, it’s your duty to retain the house free from dirt and solve infestations quickly. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property anyway.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping your rental property clean and tidy includes both the interior and exterior of the home. Most commonly, tenants are required to keep the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, waste, and other things. In various cases, a landlord may present these services to you for an additional fee. Be sure to check your lease carefully – it should describe your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not notice 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 a few instances, it is the tenant’s responsibility to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace any burned-out light bulbs since you are residing at the house. If a smoke detector is defective, however, be sure to contact your landlord. When that happens, it’s their task to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can spread quickly, but prevention isn’t too difficult. As a tenant, it is your job to keep mold from growing in your rental home. A few easy ways to avoid mold from growing is to ensure that your home has good ventilation and that you address 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 initiate mold. If you do see mold starting 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 tenant, you are required to use every rental home feature correctly and with respect. This involves the proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical systems, and septic systems, along with other stuff. Although regular wear and tear happens, any damage to these items caused by improper use is almost always the tenant’s responsibility. This may cause an expensive repair bill and a very disappointed landlord, as well. If you find any repair problems that are not your responsibility, you have to update your landlord urgently. It may be harmful to you if you allow broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances to go unresolved 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 Three Bridges! Call us at 636-542-8852 or view our current listings online.

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