What are Landlord Versus Tenant Responsibilities
Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is extremely important that you know what your responsibilities are and that those responsibilities are laid out in writing on your lease agreement. Knowing your responsibilities as a landlord or a tenant can prevent majors conflicts and can also prevent you from getting manipulated into an unfair position if conflicts do arise. As property managers in Redding who have years of experience managing properties all over Shasta County, we would like to help you understand what some of your responsibilities might be as a landlord or a tenant when signing a lease.
Landlords, let’s start with you. When it comes to creating a lease agreement, it is important that you ask yourself what responsibilities you can actually follow through on as a landlord before you write up and print out that lease agreement. Don’t sign up for something that you can’t follow through on. Being a landlord is a huge responsibility. Some of the most common responsibilities a landlord has been collecting rent payments, communicating with tenants, paying for and making repairs, taking care of yard maintenance, and doing the necessary work to keep the house or apartment in good condition. These are not things that might happen. These are things that will happen. It is important to know and to prepare for these responsibilities before taking on the role of a landlord. If worse came to worse and you did not own up to these responsibilities, it could do serious damage to your reputation as a landlord or you could end up in an unwanted court case.
Tenants, it is also incredibly important that you are also aware of your responsibilities when it comes to renting a home or apartment. Be sure you thoroughly read and understand your responsibilities before signing a lease. When it comes to being a tenant, the best way to prevent a conflict between you and your landlord is to be as responsible and as intentional as possible when it comes to making your rent payments and keeping the rental property clean. Making this a priority will eliminate major problems such as wear and tear on the rental property, damages to the property, or rodents entering the property. Tenants are usually responsible for covering any damages done to the house or apartment. The cost to cover those damages will either come out of your security deposit or your own pocket. Tenants are also responsible for making landlords aware of any repairs that need to be made to the rental property. If your landlord doesn’t check in that often or lives out of the city or state, the only way they will know if anything needs to be repaired is if you let them know. Landscaping and yard maintenance is another big one. It is important to know whether or not it is your responsibility to keep up with the yard or landscaping. Lastly, in the case that a rodent problem occurs, the responsibility could fall on you or your landlord depending on if you as a tenant did or did not cause the problem. This meaning, it could end up being your responsibility if you did not make it a priority to keep the house or apartment clean and free from food crumbs or trash. Again, the best way to stay safe in these situations is to make it a priority to be as intentional as possible when it comes to making your rent payments and keeping the place clean.
All this to say, be sure you thoroughly read through the lease agreement laid out between you and your landlord or tenants and that you both know your responsibilities and agree with them before signing. If you would like more information on what your responsibilities might be as a landlord or a tenant, feel free to give us a call at Authority Property Management! Or, if you are a landlord and would like to hire a property manager to communicate and manage the responsibilities between you and your tenants, we do property management in Redding and would like to work with you and help you in any way we can! Feel free to give us a call at (530) 410-6085.
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