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Not responding promptly to an emergency could cause injury and end up costing you money in repairs, too. When you rent a home, you’re responsible for the care of the home, and that includes items within the home, so it makes it even more important to be as prepared as possible before a problem occurs. See our infographic at the end of this article.
First-Time or Long-time Renter?
If you’ve never rented a single-family home before, tell your property manager and he will make you aware of your responsibilities as a tenant. Tenants should always read their lease documents before signing.
First, you’ll need to read through your lease to see exactly what you pay for and what the property owner pays for when a repair is required. Flooding, fire, and wind damage can happen while you’re in the home, and your fast response can save you from being held liable for damage. Burglaries and vandalism can also cause damage to the home. Calling the appropriate authorities and filing a report with them can help prevent you from being charged for any damage incurred.
Prevent Broken Appliances
Appliances and equipment in the home can breakdown due to normal use, but can also fail because of improper use. Tenants can be charged to replace appliances and equipment that they’ve damaged, but they can’t be charged for the normal end of life for these items. Everyone in your home who will be using an appliance should be trained in its use. Often landlords and property managers will walk a tenant through the use of certain appliances if the tenant asks, but they are not responsible for the tenant knowing how to use them. Renters should always reference equipment manuals for correct information. Many manufacturers place their product manuals online for easy access.
Addressing safety when you first move in is a good way to begin your life in a new property. In this infographic, we’ve identified four ways to promote safety within your home.
Courtesy of: Tyson Properties - Albuquerque, NM
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