What are some of the common repairs that you’ll come across as a landlord?
Steve Rozenberg and Kevin Davidson discuss the common maintenance issues landlords can expect.
Check for wear and tear on the high use items in the house
- Front Door knobs
Believe it or not front door doorknobs are a common item that needs replacing that you might not have thought about. With people going in and out all day, the door knobs gets a lot of use.
- HVAC System
Air conditioners in Texas basically run about ten months a year 24 hours a day.
- Hot water heater
- Washer and dryers
Because washers and dryers are used a lot, we do not recommend that you rent a property with them. If you have a tenant that is hard on them, they are going to break faster.
Dishwasher, oven, garbage disposal, refrigerator.
- Water facets
Again this is another mechanism that gets constant use and over time they wear out.
- Door hinges
- Toilet flapper valve
When you are doing a make ready, be sure that all of those things work.
Check the toilets, doorknobs, and appliances. You may want to run the dishwasher through a cycle and turn the air conditioner on to check that the temperature goes down to the range it is set at.
Getting preventative maintenance on your air conditioning units will extend the life. If you’re going to self manage your property, make a list of the things that the tenant will be responsible for as far as repairs go. Obviously we’re not going to ask the tenant to fix an air conditioning unit, but if they punch a hole in the wall or need to change a light bulb they can remedy those smaller maintenance issues. The handling of maintenance items should be cleared stated in the tenant’s signed lease. Set the expectations with the tenant from day one, and make clear what the tenant is responsible for and what the property management / owner is responsible for.
Include details about who is responsible for issues like:
- a broken window
- a hole in the wall
- ripped or stained carpet
Clearly these items are the tenant’s responsibility, but include it in the signed agreement to make it clear.
We provide tenants with a list of things that we will deduct off of the security deposit for at a minimum if it is not correct. Document the property before the tenant moves in by taking pictures and have them acknowledge that the utilities appliances are working correctly. If it’s damaged at move out, you will have to determine if it was normal wear and tear or physical damage that the tenant is responsible for. This list makes it very clear what you’re charging for and can what you can legally charge them for.
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