Renting has been a viable option for many people over the years since it doesn’t involve making a huge down payment and you can always switch your view if you’re not entirely pleased with it by the end of your lease.
You might’ve heard that while both parties have their obligations, those of a landlord far outweigh those of a renter. More than 100 laws and 400 obligations need to be abided by, and although the numbers fluctuate depending on the state you live in – the basics are the same.
The most important part of this whole process is keeping everyone safe, as it is a landlord’s legal responsibility.
If you are planning on becoming a landlord, or if you are a renter and wish to know what your landlord should do regarding your safety, keep reading.
Safety ChecklistThe non-negotiables that every landlord must provide:
- Gas Check
- Electric Installation Check
- Fire Proofing
- Plumbing Check
- Security Systems
- Maintenance and Repairs
- Renters Insurance
- Renter Screening
Gas CheckAll pipelines must be checked periodically to ensure that they are not faulty. A Gas Safe professional must perform the check at set dates and write an evaluation. These must be saved and provided when needed. Any leaks or loose pipes should be fixed immediately.
Electric Installation CheckAll wiring in the property must be in top condition. The light sockets, the switches, the outlets, and every other conductor should be safe and not act as a hazard to any appliance that might be plugged in or possible electrocution of a tenant. While speaking of appliances, all that is provided on the property fall under the landlord’s responsibility. They should be working properly and not be a threat to anyone who might use them. Also, the bulbs, neon LEDs, or anything of the sort must be in good shape and provide enough lighting to avoid any incidents – both inside and outside (entrance or patio) of the house.
Fire ProofingLandlords must install smoke and CO2 alarms in order to detect any gas leaks, smoke from stoves, grills, or any other fire risk. Furniture must also be as fireproof as possible, especially the one placed in the kitchen or next to the fireplace (if any).
Plumbing CheckAll plumbing must be checked by professionals and any damage must be repaired immediately. In case of a pipe bursting, tenants should be made aware of where the main water valve is so that they can close it to avoid further damage. This also goes for the gas valve. In case of heating system malfunctions during winter, the landlord must have it repaired to avoid making the whole pipeline useless due to freezing.
A fool-proof security system would look something like this:
A security guard at the entrance
Locks on every door and window
Some might have the best fingerprint door lock and an alarm, while others might have the best quality door with double locks and security cameras. Others might simply provide a generic lock coupled with a deadbolt lock.
Previously rented houses will need a lock change after every tenant. Do ask your landlord about the change.
Point is, safety is not a joke, and you should make an effort to ease your renters’ minds.