Taking Caring For a Rental Property
Those who live in a rental property may have questions regarding how they should care for their home. While treating the property with respect and not intentionally doing damage to the property should be understood there are other gray areas where Students may not be sure what their rights and responsibilities are in the rental situation. In most of these cases, these questions can be resolved by carefully reviewing the rental agreement. This can provide the Student a great deal of insight regarding which items will be corrected by the leasing agent/landlord and which items are the responsibilities of the Student.
Treat the Property Like it Is Your Home
The heading to this subsection is certainly appropriate in theory but in reality it may not be true. The theory behind treating a rental property like it is your home is that you should treat the rental property in the same way you would treat your own home. This means the Student should not intentionally damage or otherwise neglect the rental property. It also implies that the Student should care for the rental property by making necessary repairs as they arise.
However, the reality of this heading is not true because Students are often not free to treat a rental property like it was their home. Homeowners are free to make modifications at any time to their property. Students do not have this option and are only allowed to make modifications which are permitted by the contract agreement. These permissible modifications are usually rather insignificant in nature.
Seek Assistance from the Property Manager When Warranted
Students should also seek assistance from the property manager when there are repairs which fall under the jurisdiction of the property owner or manager. Such repairs might include items such as unclogging drains, fixing appliances and making modifications to the residence such as installing lighting features. Although the Student may be capable of performing some or all of these actions, the rental agreement may specify these items are the responsibility of the property owner or manager. Students who attempt to fix these items may be held liable for damages which occur during these attempts.
Similarly, the rental agreement may imply, by omission, that certain items are the responsibility of the Student. These may be small items such as changing light bulbs or similar items. In these cases the Student is free to make the adjustments. However, in other situations where the rental agreement specifies the apartment manager will handle certain complaints, these complaints should be called to the attention of management.
When the Property Manager Isn’t responsive
Students may encounter a problem where the apartment manager is not being responsive to his complaints and is not addressing situations which are brought to his attention. When this occurs the Student may have no choice but to bring this to the attention of the property manager’s supervisor. When a property manager is required to make certain repairs and address certain issues and fails to do so, he is creating a hazard for the members of the community. This is why the Student should not allow these transgressions to occur. The Student should also not be fearful of retaliation by the property manager because the contract will likely specify the Student’s rights to complain to a higher authority about the quality of service they are receiving. However, this is rare. The Student and agent/landlord usually come to a compromise and understanding. It is in both their interest.
Taking Caring For a Rental Property