Maintain Property to Comply with Local Codes

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on December 29, 2008 under Landlord Tips | icon: commentBe the First to Comment

Once you have attracted renters to your property, your job as a landlord is not finished. You have a responsibility to maintain residential rental property according to local codes, and to repair any problems that occur.

Most state laws have at least an implied warranty of habitability. That implied warranty means:

  • the property must be habitable when you rent it
  • you must keep it in that condition during the term of the lease

Habitability is usually defined in your local building code, often as the minimum standard for safe, decent, and sanitary housing suitable for the purposes of a residence. Further, it is your responsibility to meet all local building codes in rental property.

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