Things That Tenants Need To Keep In Mind Regarding Rental Troubles
The best thing about renting is that you don’t need to worry much about the upkeep. Whether your dishwasher stops working, sewerage system chokes or roof starts leaking, you will not hesitate to call your landlord to get the issue fixed. But, you really need to know what your landlord is responsible for and what maintenance cost needs to be paid by you.
Having that said, a few most common issues are worth mentioning here. You have to make sure that you get these issues fixed as soon as you can.
Mold and water damage
If there is water damage or mold anywhere in the property you have rented, you are going to rate it as one of the nastiest discoveries. Molds are usually not hazardous for health but there are some types of it that can be allergic for some people.
Now, it is not easy for the tenants to know if the mold present in their home is dangerous; so it is recommended that you contact your landlord to get the mold removed.
It is worth mentioning here that no federal law is in place to decide about the limit of mold in the houses. However, some states and cities have set guidelines in this regard. Even if there are specific guidelines, the responsibility of dealing with the mold usually falls on the shoulders of landlords.
While asking for the removal of mold, make sure that you are asking for the removal of cause of the mold. Typically, the reasons for mold include leaking roof, deteriorating plumbing, or a basement that’s not watertight. Water damage needs to be addressed if you want to prevent mold from coming back.
There are some appliances that the tenants get already installed by their landlords in the rentals. These are the appliances which the landlords are responsible for. You have to make sure that the appliances are taken good care of before you enter the home. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure preventative maintenance of the appliances they install in the rentals.
However, landlords are not responsible for the appliances that you bring to the rentals. These are the appliances whose maintenance and repair costs come onto your shoulders.
A general rule is that the landlords have to ensure safe and hygienic environment of the rentals. This responsibility also includes pest control but there are some grey areas in this scenario. Whether or not your landlord is responsible for pest control mainly depends upon the way you live in the rental and the types of pests that need to be controlled. For instance, there are some states where it is mandatory for the landlords to ensure proper removal of bedbugs. And there are some states where total pest control falls on the shoulders of landlords.