Are You the Perfect Tenant? 5 Maintenance Duties to Keep in Mind

One of the most appealing aspects of renting an apartment over buying a home is the idea of having fewer responsibilities. While living in an apartment is certainly much simpler than homeownership, there are still some responsibilities that fall on your shoulders.

When you sign a rental agreement, you agree to certain tenant maintenance duties. These are often quite simple and a normal part of everyday living.

Do you follow the basics of being a good tenant and adhere to the following maintenance duties?

1. Regular Cleaning

As a tenant, one of your most basic maintenance duties is keeping a clean apartment or rental home. While it may not seem like a big deal to let clutter build-up, doing so can certainly lead to bigger issues.

For example, if you leave food waste lying around on the counters, floors, or overflowing from the garbage, it’s a good way to attract pests such as rodents and bugs. It’s especially important to engage in regular cleaning if you have pets in the apartment.

Additionally, avoiding cleaning duties for too long will make it that much harder when you finally get around to it. Dirt, gunk, and grime will build up and can even cause permanent damage.

2. Repair Anything You Damage

Another one of the most common maintenance duties as a tenant is replacing or repairing anything you’ve broken or damaged. This can be anything from a broken faucet, a hole in the drywall, or stains on the carpet.

You can ignore these items, but you’ll likely have to pay for them when it comes time to leave the apartment. There are certain things, such as an oven that stops working, that may be covered by your apartment community. Make sure you know what falls under your umbrella of responsibilities. If you aren’t sure, talk to the team in the leasing office.

3. Report Major Issues

As suggested above, there are a lot of maintenance issues that fall on the apartment community to take care of. If there are plumbing, electrical, or other major issues that inhibit a normal standard of living, it’s likely covered by apartments.

Report any issues immediately (even if you caused them) to make sure you get things taken care of. Worst case scenario, you’ll have to pay for the repairs yourself. However, it should all be outlined in your lease agreement.

4. Maintain a Safe Environment

One of the most important tenant maintenance duties is to keep the apartment safe and secure. For example, creating fire hazards not only puts your life at risk but also the lives of your neighbors.

The same goes for allowing harmful mold to grow due to a water leak or “inviting” pests into the apartment because you don’t keep a standard of cleanliness.

5. Complete Agreed Upon Duties

Finally, when you sign your lease, it should be made clear to you if you have any extra maintenance duties as the tenant. These are more common in home rentals than apartment rentals.

The duties could include any yard work such as raking leaves, mowing the lawn, keeping sidewalks clear of ice and snow, etc. Basically, all the duties you would have if you owned the home.

Ready to Take on Some Tenant Maintenance Duties?

Are you looking for an apartment and feel up to the maintenance duties of being a good tenant? If so, fill out an apartment application today or contact us with any questions. We look forward to providing a home for you!

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