Responsibilities for Renters
As a tenant, you’re not completely off the hook when it comes to taking care of a rental unit. While your landlord owns the home or apartment and assumes certain responsibilities, you also play a role in maintaining certain aspects of the property’s condition during the course of your stay—whether you’re a short- or long-term renter. Following these tips for upholding your duties as a renter will help you protect your own belongings as well as foster a positive relationship with your landlord.
Report Problems Immediately
Your landlord is counting on you to report damages or issues immediately so that they can be addressed appropriately and in a timely manner. For instance, leaks or broken locks should be reported as soon as possible so that repairs can be scheduled before further damage occurs. In most situations, your landlord or property manager won’t be able to see what’s going on inside of the unit on a day-to-day basis, so it’s your job to notify the right person and adjust your schedule accordingly so that issues requiring attention can be handled promptly.
Perform Regular Cleanings
Although landlords anticipate normal wear and tear, renters should ensure the property is kept in good condition for the next tenant. Regular cleaning and general upkeep throughout the duration of the lease are a couple of responsibilities that’ll help you get your security deposit returned. Other duties include:
- Disposing of garbage
- Keeping the unit safe and sanitary
- Maintaining the appliances
- Following guidelines that apply to pets on the premises
- Reporting any old or damaged smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
It’s also best to keep your noise level low to avoid causing any disturbances with other tenants or neighbors.
Purchase Renter’s Insurance
In case of an emergency, tenants should purchase renter’s insurance to protect their own belongings. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, a comprehensive renter’s insurance policy will ensure that you aren’t stuck with damaged property after an instance of inclement weather or a home invasion. This is a great way to guarantee that you receive payment for lost or damaged possessions and protect you from any liability issues if someone were to get injured on the property.
Focus1 Insurance Group can help protect you and your personal belongings before disaster strikes. We’ll help you protect valuables, collectibles, and other personal items to give you peace of mind while renting. Visit our website to request a free quote and learn more about how we can get you covered.