Ø Landlord responsibilities or Landlord rights are more or less the same for every state.
Ø In general, the landlord has a RIGHT to receive rent on time according to the terms of the rental agreement. The Landlord is RESPONSIBLE for providing a safe and habitable rental unit for the tenant. While most landlords and tenants take pride in their home, there could often be disagreements between landlord and tenant. Therefore every state has Landlord Tenant Laws and usually Landlord Tenant Courts to protect both tenant and landlord.
Ø A landlord has to collect rent in a timely manner to meet their obligations - mortgage, taxes, insurance, payroll for larger companies and maintenance.
Ø Landlording is a business. Successful landlords treat it as such.
Ø Provide habitable housing. This means the house or apartment must comply with all building, housing, and health codes which significantly affect health and safety.
Ø Give tenant at least 24 hours notice before entering the apartment. A landlord cannot walk in for any reason, unless it is an emergency.
Ø Clean and maintain common areas (hallways, stairs, yards, entry ways).
Ø Provide for well-lit hallways and entryways.
Ø Make the house or apartment comply with all building, housing, and health codes which significantly affect health and safety.
Ø Provide for properly working plumbing and heating. Hot and cold running water, bathroom, shower or tub, kitchen etc.
Ø Notify tenants of violations in writing. Both for your records and that of the tenant.
Ø Respond to maintenance requests in a timely fashion.
Ø Provide information on tenant’s security deposit as required by law.
Ø Provide tenant with emergency contact and name of address of Landlord for notices and to send rental payments.
Ø If you must evict a tenant, follow the eviction laws for your state.
Ø Return the tenant's security deposit in a timely manner as required by law.
Ø Provide written receipts for rent and deposits
Ø The landlord or his representative should do a walk through when the tenant moves in and when the tenant leaves and it should be documented and agree to by both tenant and landlord.
Ø Understand "normal wear and tear" and how to or not to charge back for repairs
Ø Take care of property.
Ø Tenant Responsibilities
Here is a checklist of some tenant responsibilities.
Ø Pay your rent on time. Failure to pay rent on time may result in late fees or the basis for eviction.
Ø Take care of the unit you are renting - keep it clean, don't leave garbage around the exterior and respect the neighbors-
Ø Learn the difference between normal wear and tear and damages or abuse. See below.
Ø Maintain the smoke detector, fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide detector. While the landlord is responsible in most state for providing these, in most states the tenant is responsible for maintaining them . This means not removing them and replacing the batteries at minimum yearly.
Ø Use common sense and good manners.
Ø Notify the landlord if you will be away for any length of time so the landlord may make sure the unit is secured and keep on eye on it. You must pay rent while are on leave.
Ø Purchase Renter's Insurance. The landlord is not responsible for your personal belongings.