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A Landlord’s Guide to Rental Property Maintenance

Being a landlord comes with numerous responsibilities, from hiring professionals for rental property management and ensuring security to abiding by laws and fulfilling the rights of tenants. One of these responsibilities is to provide the regular maintenance and repair of the rental property. 

 

 

Not only is it a good way for your rental property to maintain its value over the years, but the law requires property maintenance in some states, and depending on the regulations, the tenants might have the right to withhold rent until the property has undergone all the necessary repairs and maintenance. Ensuring that the property is habitable and meets all safety regulations is also essential for the health and safety of your tenants. Continue reading this article to learn about some of the most common forms of maintenance the landlord is responsible for.

Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance includes small things that you can fix quickly and regularly. It includes handling problems from normal wear and tear, like broken windows, water leaks, rotten wood, broken cabinets, and HVAC filter replacements.

 

Routine inspection of the house’s exterior is just as essential to maintain the longevity of your property and its rental value. Take care of issues like overflowing gutters, uneven landscaping, and walkways. 

 

Regularly taking care of minor issues like these will help you prevent them from becoming big problems and save you from expensive repairs and property devaluation. Routine maintenance doesn’t cost a lot, and you can exclude most of the things that fall under the tenant’s responsibility, like changing the batteries of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Pest Control

Pests are another common problem landlords have to deal with. They can compromise the structure of your property by eating away at the walls and floors’ wooden components and act as a medium for the spread of diseases. It’s essential to check that termites, mice, mosquitoes, ants, or other pests aren’t nesting in your home due to a lack of proper maintenance and measures. 

 

You can easily eliminate pests from your home by hiring professional help. They will inspect your property, analyze the infestation’s severity, and devise a solution tailored to your property’s requirements.

 

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Painting and Flooring

The flooring also goes through a lot of wear and tear over the years, especially carpet floors, which often suffer the most damage compared to other types of flooring. Common problems include rips and tears, open seams, exposed tacks, and mold. It’s ideal to get the carpet professionally cleaned every year. However, if the damage is too extreme, you must replace the carpeted flooring.

Structural Integrity

Ensuring your property is structurally sound is another crucial maintenance responsibility you shouldn’t neglect. It’s one of the things that can significantly drive up maintenance costs if not taken care of on time. You should be especially careful if your property is in an area that regularly experiences heavy rainfall. Seepage and water damage from the roof can significantly compromise the structural integrity of your property, so inspecting the premises after heavy rain to ensure there’s no damage or leakage is essential. 

 

Replacing damaged floor joists is also essential. These beams transfer weight from above to the foundation below and hold up your home. They often get damaged due to deteriorating lumber, leading to structural failure if left unrepaired. Replace damaged window sills, as they can experience damage due to termites, compromising structural integrity.

Endnote

Rental property maintenance is essential to ensure the health and safety of your tenants and is required by law in some states. It’s also an excellent way to ensure your property does not fall in value over the years, as minor issues get taken care of before they develop into significant problems requiring expensive repairs. 

 

Regularly initiate repairs for things like leaky faucets, broken cabinets, and rotten windows that suffer damage from wear and tear. Revamp the walls and flooring, especially after a tenant has left, and ensure that pests do not infest your property. It’s also essential to look for signs of water damage and mold to ensure the foundations of your house don’t need repairs and are intact, as this ensures that your property’s structural integrity is intact and repaired.

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