What are landlord/tenant maintenance responsibilities?

By Tenant

If you check the state and local laws all over the United States you can find it written there the different responsibilities of a landlord and tenant to the rental unit/property and also the area around the rental unit/property.

Here is the list of the responsibilities of a landlord:

  • Offer Basic Living Requirements. This is the main responsibility of the landlord, to make sure that the unit/ property is fit for human habitation. It must have the basic requirement for habitation like water, electricity and heat. Also the unit must be clean and sanitary and is structurally safe.
  • Repairs. The landlord is required to maintain the apartment free of any kind of repairs. If so the tenant has the right to request for repairs to be made on the unit.  The tenant can do this through written requests.
  • Lease Agreement. State and local laws require a landlord to provide his tenants with a written agreement containing the lease agreement made before moving in.

Here is also the list of the responsibilities of a tenant:

  • Keep the unit clean and safe. The main responsibility of the tenant is to make sure that the rental unit is clean and sanitary during their stay.  The tenant is not responsible to pay for any normal wear and tear however the tenant is responsible to pay for any repairs for the damages they or their guests may have caused.
  • Comply with the Lease Agreement. A lease agreement is a binding agreement between a landlord and a tenant in which both have their responsibilities written and agreed upon.

Allow Access to the Unit. In order for the landlord to perform his responsibilities, the tenant must allow the landlord to have access to his rental unit for inspections and repairs if there are any as long as the landlord gave a notice beforehand.

Edited on: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 1:15 am

15 Responses to “What are landlord/tenant maintenance responsibilities?”

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March 12th, 2013 1:20 am

Right! It is really important to have everything put into writing.


March 12th, 2013 11:40 am

Having to fight with your landlord because of repairs is really a fuss.


March 12th, 2013 10:00 pm

It is frustrating to experience things like that.


March 13th, 2013 8:00 am

What if the problem is brought by my neighbour?


March 13th, 2013 6:00 pm

It sucks having a bad relationship with your landlord.


March 14th, 2013 4:20 am

Preventing disputes is better than having disputes every time with your landlord.


March 14th, 2013 2:20 pm

How can I split the expense with my landlord?


March 15th, 2013 12:20 am

My neighbour wouldn’t pay for the damage he did to our apartment due to water leak.


March 15th, 2013 10:20 am

As a landlord it a big hassle to our part to pay for repairs when in fact it was the tenant’s fault in the first place.


March 15th, 2013 8:20 pm

Can I request my landlord to pay for a professional to determine who caused the leak in our apartment?


March 16th, 2013 6:20 am

How I wish there is a landlord out there that is not crooked like the landlord I have right now.


March 16th, 2013 4:20 pm

Can I sue my landlord if he doesn’t pay for the repairs?


March 17th, 2013 2:20 am

My lease agreement doesn’t have anything that says who is responsible for repairs


March 17th, 2013 12:20 pm

I do not have a lease but I am on a monthly rent with my landlord


March 17th, 2013 10:40 pm

A good relationship with your landlord is really a key to solving repair problems in a breeze.


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