One of the most important and engaging duties of a lord is to repair or fix problems regarding certain damages as long as they are genuine and affect the stay of the tenant. The landlord is assigned the duty to always inform the tenants in advance about repairs to be done except for the case of an emergency. Failure to give advance notices can land the landlord a problem for invading one’s property without their knowledge. Some repairs such as plumbing require immediate actions with less than 24 hours to get things done. This is because if left for longer hours it may result to damages that violate health codes.
According to the law which varies from country to another and from one state to another, a landlord should first ensure a rental house is in good condition before letting a new tenant in. After a tenant vacates, all damages and problems should be fixed. If a new tenant gets in and finds that the house is in a poor and an unhealthy condition, then the tenant has the right to demand immediate action from the landlord. If the landlord takes long than expected to take the required action, then the tenant can decide to take matters into their own hands to either repair or fix the problem, meaning that the charges will be deducted from the rent. However, the tenant can also decide to vacate the house and sue the tenant for failing to perform his duties in a court of law. The above problems call for the landlord to check on the condition of the house once a tenant vacates.
Maintaining a rental property varies depending on the nature and the structure of the property. It is the duty of the landlord to know what the law state regarding the kind of structures they want to put in place. The landlord should ensure the security of the tenants, hence things such as door locks should constantly be checked to ensure they are in a good state. It is advisable to constantly change locks especially when a new tenant is getting in. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers should always be checked to ensure their functionality while those in poor conditions should be replaced.
All the above issues of maintenance of rental properties require constant checking of the property conditions and listening to tenants’ problems. Some landlords have many rental properties located in different areas making it hard for them to manage all these properties by themselves. It would be hard for them to constantly appear in each and every rental property they own while at the same time attend to their other duties. In addition, financial planning is important when it comes to maintenance, this could be possible only with the help of a manager who would ensure good maintenance and that tenants as well take good care of the rented property.
To avoid cases where tenants feel neglected because they have nobody to tell their concerns, it is good for a landlord to have a manager who would always be there to manage these properties. Many of the landlords are not aware of what entails managing a rental property, but with the help of a property manager then maintenance becomes easy.
In conclusion, maintaining a rental property by a landlord is made easy with the help of a manager because of the many duties expected from the landlord. A landlord should constantly check the condition of the rental properties and have adverse knowledge of the ethics and codes that come along with owning a rental property.