Having experience of many years, we have gathered our share of mistakes and observed the pitfalls that many landlords have fallen into as well. The most important thing is to make sure that you are dealing with federal, state or municipal laws and any ignorance will let you hold up in a court of law. Below mentioned are some of the mistakes made by landlords to make you aware of them:
1- Failure in providing a safe environment
It is a sole responsibility of the landlord to provide a safe and secure environment for their tenants regardless of how much rent they are charging from them. Landlords are strictly required to provide basic health facilities and secure environment.
2- Refuse to make necessary repairs
If your tenant comes to you asking about a necessary repair like leakage in the roof or no locks in the door, then you are responsible for the repairs, or you could be facing any legal charges. However, if you are sure that the damage was done by the tenant, then they are responsible for the repair of the affected place.
3- Avoiding tenants’ privacy
As a landlord of the property, you are responsible for taking care of your tenants’ privacy. Many landlords are found to arrive by unannounced inspections of household stuff or visit the place with the prospective tenants. This violation of a tenant’s privacy releases the tenant for any further obligations stated in the lease and can also lead to court order money damages against the landlord.
4- Failing to give back security deposits
The most common case observed between a tenant and a landlord is their arguments over security deposits. Yet the basic rule that deposits should be used to cover harm beyond wear and tear and not paid rent isn’t hard to recognize.