Homeowners/landlords always repair their properties when needed. Landlords may view repairing as an annoying expense but it’s very important if you want to yield more from the house/property ( you cant get milk from a cow without feeding it).
As a tenant you have responsibilities of taking care of the property for example;
- Fixing any damage to property caused by negligence
- Keeping the interior in good shape i.e. when children write on the walls, one has to repaint it, hammering nails, etc.
- A tenant should not change any appliance in the house without the consent of the landlord unless its damaged.
The landlord has the responsibility to extend services to the common parts of the building like;
- roof damages
- making adjustments if the tenant is disabled
If the house is not safe for the tenant to live in, it might be unfit for human habitation. Therefore the landlord has to make sure that the property is fit for human habitation by repairing it. Your property is not fit if;
- there is no water
- there is infestation of pests like rats
- problem with dampness
- no rubbish bins.
And for the above, it doesn’t matter if the problem was there at the start or appeared later. However, the landlord doesn’t have to make sure your home is fit for human habitation if the tenant caused the problem;
- Not looking after your home, dumping rubbish anyhow.
- Being negligence, leaving a candle burning when moving out.
- kids hammering the walls when playing.
- poor handling of clients. etc
Therefore, before occupying the landlord has to provide a tenant’s agreement for easy repairing of the property.
by Harriet @homecaremanagers