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Landlord/Tenant Laws: The Bottom Line

The landlord-tenant relationship is unique to all others. While your renter has particular obligations (enumerated in the lease) which they are legally bound to comply with, you, the landlord and property owner also have obligations to your renter. These responsibilities are described in state, local, and federal landlord-tenant legislation, as you are presumably aware. But more importantly, the satisfaction and longevity of your renters directly depend on how effectively you adhere to the rules that regulate the habitability and other facets of owning Marathon rental property. 

Satisfied tenants will not only occupy your rental property for a longer period, lowering turnover expenses, but they will also help you safeguard your investment. Understanding the clear relationship between landlord-tenant regulations and renter satisfaction can help you save expenses and increase earnings year after year. 

Habitability Laws 

As a landlord, you have rights and responsibilities with respect to your tenant. There are many laws that govern rental properties across all levels of government. Habitability laws are the ones that have the biggest direct effects on how long tenants stay in their rental properties. Ordinarily, these types of rules are concerned with the quality and security of rental properties. In the majority of states, landlords are obligated to maintain habitable and safe rental properties. This means that the property must comply with certain regulations, such as: 

– a roof that protects against rain and snow 

– abundant hot water 

– working heat source 

– robust floors and walls that aren’t at risk of imminent collapse 

– environmental dangers like lead, asbestos, and mold don’t pose a serious threat 

– appropriate security against criminal infiltration 

A rental home must also be free of pests and vermin and have working plumbing and heating, fixtures, and appliances to be deemed habitable. Depending on the region, this may remain the case after a tenant has moved in. 

Repairs must be made as soon as possible, and in some cases, conventional safety equipment such as carbon monoxide monitors and fire extinguishers must be provided. If any of these essential components are missing from your rental home, your state’s or municipality’s rules may declare it uninhabitable. Check with a local rental market specialist or do some study on local landlord laws to make sure your properties are fully compliant. 

Tenant Satisfaction and the Law 

For the duration of their lease, tenants will count on the Marathon property managers to do their share to keep the rental in good shape. Failure to do so can result in high renter turnover, costing you extra money every few months to find new tenants. If your rental property is in violation of landlord-tenant law, it may also lead to costly lawsuits or other legal issues. 

Successful property owners understand that having satisfied tenants is excellent for business because of this. Long-term tenant retention reduces expenses and ensures a steady flow of rent each month. In addition, a satisfied tenant is far more likely to disclose maintenance and repair issues, allowing you to address issues when they are small and easy to resolve. When you and your tenant share responsibility for maintenance, keeping a property in good shape is much simpler. 

Finding Peace of Mind 

It can be difficult to comprehend landlord-tenant legislation and to be certain that you follow each one. There is no replacement for having a team of professionals on hand to assist in these circumstances. Real Property Management Genesis is a professional Marathon property management company that provides industry specialists who are well-versed in landlord-tenant rules. They can evaluate your rental, offer advice, assist with upkeep and repairs, handle tenant issues, and much more. Ultimately, hiring a professional property management firm is a little amount to pay for peace of mind. 

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