The Duties and Responsibilities of Rental Homes’ Landlords
One of the most contentious issues in landlord and tenant agreements is deciding on the landlord responsibilities towards essential repairs and other issues. To protect renters interests, landlord-tenant laws guarantee certain basic rights to tenants. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious or basic Tuscany rental home in San Angelo, TX, knowing landlord responsibilities will help avoid conflicts with the homeowner. To help put you in the picture, the blog post provides an outline of basic duties landlords have towards renters. Take a look.
1. Keeping Units in Habitable Condition
It is the duty of every landlord to make sure their property is in a habitable condition. They must take steps to make sure it adheres to local building codes, and is free of toxic chemicals, such as lead and asbestos. The property must also include smoke detectors, safety guards (on windows), and lighting provisions to ensure residents safety and convenience. Landlords must ensure the roof is waterproof, gas facilities and other utilities are functional, and the wiring system is properly installed and maintained. It is also the responsibility of the landlord to restore the property to its former state if it sustains damages due to a natural calamity.
2. Making Necessary Repairs
Section 11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act, 1985 requires landlords to maintain the structural integrity and exteriors of the rental. They must also take steps to maintain sinks, baths, toilets, boilers, fitted heaters, and radiators in functional condition. If they fail to do so, tenants can make the necessary repairs and have the right to withhold rent until the landlord takes adequate steps to address the issue. Some states, however, require tenants to create a separate account used specifically to park the rent so they can initiate payments when the repairs are made. To exercise these rights, tenants first have to serve a notice in writing, informing the landlord about the issues they’re facing and giving them time to respond.
3. Making Adjustments for Specially Abled Tenants
Specially-abled tenants can request landlords to change certain provisions of the rental agreement if they feel it puts them at a disadvantage. For example, if a tenant suffers from severe autism and needs a service dog, the landlord must tweak the provisions of the contract that prohibit pets. Tenants with limited or no vision can request a copy of the agreement in an accessible format such as an audio file. Under the Equality Act, specially abled tenants can also ask their landlords to remove certain furniture, provide extra signage, replace the existing door entry system, or take any other steps to remove impediments to their mobility.
4. Maintaining Appliances Provided According to Local Laws
Most state laws don’t make it mandatory for landlords to provide household appliances. That said, if the unit includes appliances, the landlord has the duty to maintain them. Renters in many states are allowed to make deductions to their rent if the landlord fails to respond to a written notice informing them about malfunctioning appliances within 30 days. Some state laws, however, allow landlords to ignore repairs necessitated by the renter’s negligence.
5. Installing Trash Receptacles
Landlords must provide trash receptacles according to the size of the rental units to manage waste originating within the property. The property owner or manager is also responsible for removing the receptacles when they’re full. They must either designate a caretaker to do so or need to dispose the trash themselves to maintain habitable conditions.
6. Ensuring Availability of Running Water
The Landlord-tenant Act directs landlords to ensure availability of running water for their tenants. They must also provide provisions to heat water during the winter season and air conditioning during the warm months. The rule, however, won’t apply if the utilities are connected to a public utility or directly installed, allowing the renter to control the facilities.
7. Other Obligations
Landlords have the obligation to manage security deposits and prepaid rent, and must refund it when the lease ends or is broken according to the terms and conditions specified in the agreement. Landlords must also address any issues that prevent tenants from enjoying their stay at the property. For example, if a renter in one of the units plays loud music at night, causing inconvenience to other residents, the landlord must take steps to address the issue. Landlords are also required to disclose info about the owner of the land.
At Kington Properties, we are fully aware of our obligations to our tenants and always strive to make their stay perfect. We do this for all our rental properties, including Tuscany apartment homes in TX. Kington Properties offers fully managed furnished apartments in San Angelo and Lake Jackson. Visit our website to learn more about our Tuscany rental homes in San Angelo. To get answers to your questions or discuss your requirement, fill out our contact form, or speak with the property manager at (325) 942-8198.