When contemplating a Westborough rental home, nearly all of us want 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 make sure that the property is in a habitable condition, there are numerous maintenance tasks that you are supposed to do as long as you’re a renter. Let’s take a closer look at the most common 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 terrible and attract pests and diseases. If your landlord doesn’t arrange for 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, it is typically your responsibility to get rid of them. The landlord ought to have made sure that there were no pests on the property before you went in. But once you live there, it’s your job to clean the place and treat infestations instantly. If an infestation gets to the point of wanting professional extermination, make sure to contact your Westborough 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 consists of 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. Every so often, a landlord may offer these services to you for an additional fee. Check your lease meticulously – it should define your landlord’s expectations on the subject of 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 circumstances, 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. Nevertheless, if a smoke detector is malfunctioning, be sure to contact your landlord. If that happens, 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 work to keep mold from growing in your rental home. A few and far-between easy approaches to prevent mold from developing include guaranteeing that your home has good ventilation and tackling excess moisture directly. For example, leaving damp towels or clothing in a corner, letting a steamy bathroom sit closed off without a fan or window, or disregarding 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 crucial to use each rental home element correctly and with respect. This includes proper 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 angry 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.
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