What to Expect from Your Landlord
Maybe it’s your first time renting, or you’re already in a lease and you want to know more about your rights and responsibilities. Either way, it’s important to know what kind of relationship you can expect with your landlord. Middel Realty wants you to have the best possible renting experience, which is why we offer 24/7 help and support. We go above and beyond, and below, we have listed a few things that you should expect from any landlord:
Providing Livable Space
Your landlord is responsible for providing a safe, livable space. That means you should expect working plumbing, gas, and electricity. Your landlord should have inspected the property before you moved in for any necessary repairs, and they are required to fix anything unsafe. It’s a good idea to do your own inspection of the property before you move in, and hold the owner accountable for any hazards. Your landlord might expect you to do some smaller repairs on your own, but anything major – like water leaks or a broken furnace – is their responsibility. Check out our post on when to call your landlord for more guidance!
The lease should spell out everything you need to know about your rental: who owns the property, the amount of your security deposit, policies on fees and pets, your right to privacy, and a whole lot more. If you have any questions, make sure you get your answers in writing!
Properly Managing Your Security Deposit
Your security deposit does not go into your landlord’s bank account to be hopefully retrieved at the end of your lease. There are specific state and local laws about how your deposit is handled, including how it is stored. There are also clear rules about when your landlord can withhold the deposit after your term ends. The lease should clearly state the timeframe for when your deposit will be returned, as well as any fees they might withdraw even if you don’t damage the property, like carpet cleaning fees. If all or part of your security deposit is not returned, you are entitled to an itemized list of damages and the cost of any repairs. The landlord cannot keep your deposit except to cover unpaid bills, any breaches in the lease that cost the landlord money, or any damages beyond normal wear and tear.
Sticking to the Lease
The lease is a binding contract for both you and your landlord. You can hold them to the terms written in that agreement in the same way he or she hold you accountable. The terms of the lease cannot be changed without notification.
Following Local Laws and Regulations
It’s worth your time to explore what local or state laws apply to rental properties. Fort Collins, for example, has restrictions on the number of residents allowed in each unit. You and your landlord are both responsible for making sure your rental agreements follow all the rules. Luckily, Fort Collins has a handy Renting 101 Handbook you can access online.
Finding a landlord you can work with is just as important as finding a home you love. These guidelines are just the bare minimum of what a good landlord should do. In the end, you should follow your gut and find someone you can trust. Middel Realty is dedicated to giving you the best rental experience, which is why there is an employee available 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you need anything. Explore our properties online or call today!