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Landlord-Tenant Laws

Open Landlord-Tenant Lawbook on a DeskThe landlord-tenant relationship is quite special. It’s true that your tenants have to fulfill certain duties by you since they are legally contracted to do so. But, as a landlord and property owner, you have obligations to your tenant, as well. As you probably know, these obligations are detailed in the state, local, and federal landlord-tenant laws. As a landlord, you can keep your tenant satisfied by following the laws that govern your ownership over your Southport rental property.

Not only will satisfied tenants stay in your rental property longer, thus reducing turnover costs, but they will also help you protect your investment as well. Understanding the relationship between landlord-tenant laws and tenant satisfaction will lead you to be able to keep your costs down, and up your profits.

Habitability Laws

As a landlord, you have both rights and legal obligations toward your tenant. Many different laws govern rental properties at all levels of government. It’s the habitability laws, really, that have such an impact on tenant longevity. It is these laws that govern the general condition of a rental property — if it’s not a hazard to live in. For example, in most states, landlords are required to keep their rental homes habitable and safe. This means that the property must not have serious deficiencies like broken plumbing and heating, fixtures, and appliances. Also, the property must be rid of any pests and insects. Depending on the location, this is still true even after the tenant has moved in.

As a rule, repairs must be done promptly, and in some places, you must also provide standard safety equipment such as carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. If you want your rental house to be considered livable under certain laws of your state or local municipality, these requirements should be present in your rental property.

Tenant Satisfaction and the Law

Tenants, understandably so, will expect you to keep your property well maintained while they are living there. Failure to do so will lead to high tenant turnover, which means you will need to spend more monthly to find new tenants. It may also result in expensive lawsuits or other legal problems, especially if your rental home is not compliant with landlord-tenant law.

Because of this, successful property owners know that high tenant satisfaction is just good business. Keeping a tenant in a rental long-term will mitigate your costs and ensures monthly rental income. When a tenant is satisfied, it’s more likely for them to bring to you concerns of maintenance and repairs to help you address these concerns right away. Maintaining a property is easier when both parties are interested in keeping the property in good condition.

Finding Peace of Mind

Understanding landlord-tenant laws can be daunting, especially when you’re not certain if you’re complying with every single one. In these moments, a team of experts who know the lay of the land is what you need. Professional Southport property management companies like Real Property Management Champion offer industry experts with in-depth knowledge of landlord-tenant laws. They can make assessments regarding the status and trajectory of your rental, and they can also help with maintenance, repairs, and tenant relations. In the long run, the cost of hiring a professional property management company is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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