Responsibilities of Landlords – Part 2
A landlord is the sole owner of a home, building, apartment, condo, or land that is leased or rented to an individual or company, who is known as a tenant. When a landlord has this position, the word landlord is commonly used. However other terms are also used such as landlord and lessor. In a residential rental property, the lessor is usually the building owner while the landlord is usually the tenant.
The landlord-tenant relationship is perhaps the most established and complex between landlords and tenants. Landlords collect security deposits as a security for the premises. They are responsible for ensuring that all of the tenant’s requirements such as access to utilities and water are met on a regular basis. Landlords must ensure that proper maintenance of the premises is done, including repairing damaged areas, replacing appliances, and maintaining the general condition of the building. These responsibilities are part of their responsibilities and these payments are typically paid monthly or yearly.
Landlords are responsible for ensuring that their tenants are able to occupy their premises without disruption to the surrounding community. This means landlords cannot choose to allow noise to exceed the reasonable use. The courts have stated that the premises should be sufficiently quiet for the enjoyment of the adjoining public. If the premises are noisy, there is a strong likelihood that the landlord has chosen to engage in conduct that was in violation of the quiet enjoyment provision of the lease. Courts consider the area surrounding a residential dwelling to be reasonably private even if noise from neighboring residences can be mitigated.
Landlords have responsibilities
Landlords are also required to fulfill their responsibilities under the lease agreement by responding quickly to requests for eviction. Landlords are also required to provide notice in writing that they have decided to evict a tenant from the premises. In some cases, courts have held that landlords must take the initiative in order to maintain proper and orderly business. However, landlords who fail to do so may be found in violation of their lease agreement and the law. For this reason, it is important to ensure you get your lease agreement and all the relevant documents before signing them.
Landlords also have responsibilities related to providing insurance coverage for the property and for the individuals residing in the unit. For example, if there is a fire in the apartment unit, the landlords must replace all items in the apartment due to damage. They may also be held liable for the cost of emergency medical care, including possible evictions if the resident decides to move out of the premises. A good landlord will be willing to provide at least a standard policy for replacement of all damaged items.
As a landlord, you also have an obligation to protect the privacy of your tenant. As much as possible, a landlord should not disclose personal information about a potential tenant to another person. In addition, landlords should never ask tenants about their financial situation unless they have permission from the tenant. Landlords who violate the rights of their tenants can be subjected to legal actions by the tenant and the landlord.