Landlord Responsibility on Rental Property




Landlord Responsibility on Rental Property :

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          What are duties and responsibilities of a landlord? When you rent out a room or house, you have a legal responsibility to make sure that your property is free of defects or problems.

            Most state laws require that you must deliver your place in a habitable condition to your tenant. After the place is rented out, it is the tenant’s responsibility to keep it that way during the term of the lease.

            Although different states may define “Habitability” differently, the term usually refers to the minimum standard of decent. Your place should be clean and safe to live. Most communities usually define their own housing codes. Other words, different communities have different laws that require landlords to maintain the property. It is the landlord’s responsibility to comply with the housing codes throughout the term of the lease. Some example of the landlord responsibilities under the State Sanitary Code are the following:

  • Have at least two exits per dwelling unit.
  • Provide necessary repair in a timely manner.
  • Have accessible door and window with locks.
  • Install smoke detectors in the hallway, basement, and bathroom
  • Make sure that the place is free of rodent and insect problems.
  • Have a working heating system.
  • Provide hot water.
  • The exit should be free from obstructions.
  • If the rental property has children under six years old, it should not have lead paint.


            In addition, discrimination is always illegal. The law prohibits discrimination on race, color, religion, sex, physical and mental handicap, sexual orientation, national origin, and marital status.

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