Landlords’ and Tenants’ Responsibilities to Structural and Exterior Repairs

Landlords have an obligation to maintain their rental properties in habitable conditions, and this includes regular repair and maintenance of the exterior and interior of the home.

In addition to this, there can also be structural damage to a property that is crucial to repair for the safety of the tenants. Structural and exterior damage may include the following situations.

Structural and exterior repairs to a property

– Repair of foundations. The foundations refer to the structure that gives solidity to a construction. If these are damaged, the property can represent a great danger to the people who inhabit it since it can collapse, sink, or present serious damage to the entire structure. Therefore, landlords should be especially careful with these types of problems and make frequent checks. Tenants, for their part, must immediately inform the landlord if they observe any cracks, dents, or unevenness in the property.

– Structural repair of windows and doors. Exterior doors and windows must be in good condition to prevent leaks and air inlets, be well-leveled, and have good waterproofing. Landlords must ensure that doors and windows are in good condition before renting the property; however, it is the responsibility of the tenants to avoid intentionally damaging them and to report any problems immediately.

– Maintenance and repair of the roof. The roof is another crucial part of a property to protect tenants from inclement weather. Landlords must conduct frequent inspections and ensure that the roofs are well-waterproofed. This will avoid any situation of humidity that could generate cold within the house, in addition to the appearance of mold on the property.

– Cleaning and repair of gutters and drainage. It is the responsibility of the landlords to ensure that the gutters and drainage are in good condition and free of obstacles. However, tenants can also help by cleaning them and making sure they don’t get clogged with trash.

If you have any questions about the conditions in which you live in your rental property, contact our attorneys. We will review your situation and help you find solutions.

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