Not Meeting Property Management Maintenance Obligations
As a property manager or landlord, it’s your duty to make sure that your property is maintained and habitable for your residents. If you fail to do so, your tenant may take action against you. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to be in compliance with your state’s legal requirements for rental properties and habitability.
If you fail to meet your property management maintenance obligations, your tenant may take the following actions:
Repair and deduct from rent.
In certain states, tenants are able to make repairs themselves and deduct the cost of the fix in the following month’s rent. Letting your tenants make repairs aren’t always a good thing. There are certain situations where you shouldn’t let your tenants make repairs. Check with your state’s law to see if this is an option for your tenants.
If the property becomes hazardous to your residents, they could report you to officials like health or fire departments. These officials could send an inspector to look at your property. If the official finds problems, you could wind up with a fine or a penalty if you don’t correct the problem.
Depending on your state’s laws, your resident may be able to withhold rent if their residence is not kept habitable. This can sometimes happen when the appropriate repairs aren’t made when requested. Check with your state’s laws on withholding rent and habitability laws to see if this is applicable to you.
Taking you to court.
Depending on the circumstances, a tenant may take you to court if the conditions of the home are poor and not habitable. A tenant may request for compensation for any injuries or attorney fees.