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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Westborough Tenant Changing a LightbulbWhile searching for a Westborough rental home, most of us want to transfer into a property that is equally clean and well maintained. Although keeping a rental home that way takes effort from both you and your landlord. While at the same time your landlord has a duty to ensure that the property is in a habitable condition, there are several maintenance tasks that you are expected to do for so long as you are a tenant. Let’s have a look at the most common upkeep issues that are a tenant’s responsibility.

Taking Out the Trash

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

Pest Prevention

Speaking of pests, if any do discover their way into your rental home, it is typically your responsibility to dispose of them. The landlord should have made certain that there were no pests on the property before you moved in. Then when you’re living there, it’s your responsibility to keep the place clean and treat infestations immediately. 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 covers both the interior and exterior of the home. Most of the time, tenants are responsible for maintaining the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, debris, and other elements. Under certain circumstances, a landlord may provide these services to you for an additional fee. Don’t forget to check out your lease thoroughly – it would refer to your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not pay attention to 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 most circumstances, it is the tenant’s responsibility to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace any burned-out light bulbs if you live in the home. If a smoke detector does not work properly, nevertheless, be sure to get in touch with your landlord. If this occurs, it’s their job to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can grow someplace, but prevention isn’t too challenging. As a tenant, it is your job to keep mold from growing in your rental home. Some simple 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 lead to mold. If you do see mold beginning 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

Being a tenant, it is essential to utilize each rental home element correctly and with respect. This also includes proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical systems, and septic systems, amongst other things. Even though regular wear and tear are going to happen, any damage to these items caused by improper use is almost always the tenant’s responsibility. This could mean a costly repair bill and a very unhappy landlord, as well. If you notice any repair issues that are not your responsibility, you should instantly make contact with your landlord. 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 Metro West-Worcester! Call us at 508-329-6000 or view our current listings online.

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