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Responsibilities of a renter

Responsibilities of a renter

A sustainable tenant-landlord relation is only possible when each party is clear on their obligations, duties, and responsibilities. You need to know the responsibilities that lie on your landlord. This is so that you can report them and get them ironed out promptly. Equally, you need to know your obligation as a tenant so you can stay on top of things. In this article, we will draw our attention to the responsibilities of a renter.

1. Insurance

In recent articles, we have put a lot of emphasis on the importance of insurance. Insurance is one of those things that are not negotiable, you just have to get it. Whilst your landlord will have the physical structure insured, you need to have your own specific insurance. As a renter, you need to acquire contents insurance and always keep it up to date. This type of insurance cover will ensure that your valuable belongings are protected. Additionally, you can consider getting liability cover. Liability cover will make sure any third party injury or damage to the property will be catered for.

2. Upkeep

It is the renter’s responsibility to look after the property and ensure it is in a relatively clean state. In addition to the property’s upkeep, you need to take care of any appliances or furniture provided by the landlord. This aspect is often overlooked, but if you want to recoup the majority of your security deposit, then upkeep becomes important.

3. Repairs

Firstly, it is important to ascertain who is responsible for what repairs. This must clearly be laid out right from the get-go. Furthermore, it is important that this division of responsibilities is documented and understood by both parties. Usually, the smaller issues will be your responsibility as the tenant. However, issues pertaining to structural issues will need to be handled by the landlord. Be firm, but polite when asking the landlord for repairs to be carried out. Under no circumstances should you resort to ill-advised tactics that can breach the lease agreement.

4. Contents

Before you move in, the landlord has to provide an inventory of any furniture that will be provided. This furniture will be the landlord’s responsibility to replace. Likewise, anything you move in with is your responsibility. You must report any wear and tear of items provided by the landlord. However, you need to realise that you will have to cover the cost of any items that you damage intentionally. All items have a natural life, and if any appliances reach that point, the landlord is responsible.

5. Communication

It is also crucial to have an open line of communication with your landlord. From small issues like you being away from the property, to explaining when rent will be late, it is important to keep the landlord in the loop. In as much as it is not necessarily a legal requirement, it is imperative for the sake of building a relationship with your landlord.

Lastly, it is very important that both the tenant and landlord know their rights and responsibilities. Furthermore, failure to do will only result in misdirection and conflict.

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Teddy Chibanguza

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