Signing a lease on a rental property is an exciting moment! It's the start of something new that holds all the possibilities in the world.
But, as you take stock of your new environment and begin to settle in, you may have some questions about what exactly you’re responsible for in terms of maintenance.
Every lease is unique, but here are some general tips that will help you enjoy your new living space to the max. Stick to these guidelines, and you'll be well on your way to cultivating a great relationship with your property manager while also saving yourself from unwanted hassles and expenses.
Before you sign a lease, read it carefully to ensure you know your responsibilities as a tenant. While one of the benefits of renting is that your property manager takes on the bulk of maintenance tasks for the property, that doesn't mean there's nothing for you to do on your end.
If you have any uncertainties about your responsibilities, clarify them and have your property manager put them in writing before you sign.
As a tenant, you must make sure you’re complying with local safety codes. Among other things, it's your responsibility not to block emergency exits, tamper with smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, place furniture or items too close to heating vents, or use appliances in ways not recommended by the manufacturer.
In addition, you must be aware of occupancy standards. Speak with your property manager before welcoming long-term guests or subletters.
Routine cleaning of your apartment is your responsibility. Keeping your floors, surfaces, and bathrooms free of dirt and grime, disposing of food and waste appropriately, and ensuring that your pets don't cause damage or make a mess (if your rental allows pets) are all critical tasks. Maintaining a clean apartment can help prevent pest infestations, the development of mould, and other serious issues.
If you do notice any maintenance issues in your apartment, report them promptly so that your property manager can deal with them before they get worse. Leaks, mould, cracks, broken appliances, and more can all compound over time. Plus, the sooner they're fixed, the happier you'll be!
Your apartment is your home, so treat it with love. Be careful about what you flush down the toilet or rinse down the sink, maintain any outdoor space you may have (balcony or patio), and keep hallways and stairwells clear.
Ultimately, any maintenance issues that result from tenant damage or neglect will be your responsibility to pay for. The best way to avoid such expenses? Treat your rental as you would your own home.
At Globe Property Management, we believe in cultivating partnerships with our tenants so that all parties understand their responsibilities and carry them out with integrity. Together, we take pride in safe, clean, and beautifully maintained Winnipeg apartments. To begin your rental journey with Globe Property Management, contact us today!