Welcome back! In our last blog we talked about a few of the responsibilities and obligations landlords have to their tenants. We provided information about maintenance and upkeep on rental properties being partially the tenant’s responsibility, but that most maintenance issues and upkeep falls on the back of the landlord or property management companies. And while we covered a good amount, we wanted to bring to light some more responsibilities landlords have.
We’ve determined that grass cutting and snow removal are the landlord’s responsibility. We also determined that the landlord is responsible for the maintenance on the inside of the properties, and should conduct inspections on a regular basis. Not only is it required of you, but it is important to taking care of your rental property, so that your investment doesn’t cost you more money in the long run. So while taking care of the pipes and air ducts within the home, it’s also important to take care of other aspects such as appliances. In Ontario, a landlord is required to keep the appliances such as the fridge, oven and stove, as well as the dishwasher in its best condition. It’s also up to the landlord to take care of the washer and dryer that are in the unit. Not only will you be in compliance, but your tenant will be truly appreciative of your timely action.
This is just one more aspect of landlord responsibility. It should be understood that the relationship between a landlord and a tenant needs a bit of give and take, in order for the property to remain in good condition, as well as for keeping both parties happy. If you’re interested in knowing more, contact the property management companies in Toronto for answers and more.