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Maintenance Issues That Are a Tenant’s Responsibility

Tigard Tenant Changing a LightbulbWhen locating a Tigard rental home, many of us choose to move into a property that is both clean and well maintained. However, keeping a rental home that way takes effort from both you and your landlord. Even though your landlord is responsible for making sure that the property is in a habitable condition, there are a few maintenance tasks that you are expected to do as long as you are a tenant. Let’s analyze the most popular maintenance issues that a tenant has to deal with.

Taking Out the Trash

Keeping your rental home free of trash and garbage is one of a tenant’s most significant responsibilities. Abandoning trash or other things all over the place could make the property look bad and smell awful and could also invite pests and disease. If your landlord doesn’t give trash disposal, be sure to sign up for a service once you’ve settled in.

Pest Prevention

Speaking of pests, if they make their entry into your rental home, it is generally your responsibility to remove them. The landlord should have ensured that there were no pests on the property before you moved in. But as long as you reside there, it’s your job to keep your house clean and address infestations quickly. If you move out and leave pests behind, you could be financially responsible for treating the property anyway.

Yard Maintenance

Keeping your rental property clean and tidy incorporates both the interior and exterior of the home. Usually, the tenants’ job is to keep the landscaping maintained and the driveway, walkway, steps, and other areas free of snow, garbage, and other things. In some cases, a landlord may suggest these services to you for an additional fee. Remember to review your lease thoroughly – it should explain your landlord’s expectations regarding yard maintenance.

Replacing Smoke Detector Batteries and Light Bulbs

You may not notice your rental home’s smoke detectors or light bulbs – that is until you find that it is not working or starts beeping in the middle of the night! Normally, it is the tenant’s responsibility to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and replace any burned-out light bulbs as long as you are staying in the house. However, if a smoke detector doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to call your landlord. When that occurs, it’s their responsibility to replace or fix it.

Preventing Mold

Mold can emerge everywhere, but prevention is not that difficult. As a tenant, it is your responsibility to stop mold from growing in your rental home. A few effective approaches to avoid mold from growing is to ensure that your home has good ventilation and that you deal with excess moisture promptly. For instance, leaving damp towels or clothing in a corner, letting a steamy bathroom sit closed off without a fan or window, or ignoring leaking plumbing can all result in mold. When you see mold starting to develop, eliminate them right away with bleach. By using a couple of easy precautions, there is a lot you can do to prevent mold in your home.

Respect the Property

As a tenant, it is necessary to use every rental home component correctly and with respect. This incorporates proper use of appliances, plumbing, electrical systems, and septic systems, and so on. Even though common wear and tear may occur, any damage to these things caused by improper use is quite often the tenant’s responsibility. This will lead to a costly repair bill and a very disappointed landlord, as well. If there are any maintenance issues that are not your responsibility, you must call your landlord right away. It may be a major challenge if you allow broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances to go unaddressed because small maintenance issues can so easily turn into big repairs in a very short period.


Are you looking for a rental home that is in great condition – managed by a landlord committed to keeping it that way? Look no further than Real Property Management Assurance! Call us at 971-270-2600 or view our current listings online.

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