If you own rental properties, it’s important to know exactly what is legally expected of you, so that you can maintain a safe and clean environment for your tenants. Doing so helps you maintain a good reputation and limit the amount of disputes and problems you have to deal with. According to the real estate experts from PMI, it’s important to note that your responsibilities as a landlord may differ slightly depending on where you and your properties are based. The following are legal requirements that apply to most landlords within the United States:

  • You must give tenants reasonable notice before entering their apartment.
  • You must keep the stairways and hallways clean and safe.
  • You must keep the property weather and waterproof.
  • You must provide working plumbing.
  • You must provide a functional heating system.
  • You must provide working windows that can open at least halfway. Otherwise, you must provide mechanical ventilation.
  • You must provide a working deadbolt on the main entrance.
  • You must provide working security devices on the windows.
  • You must provide garbage cans.
  • You must provide working smoke detectors.
  • You must provide hot and cold running water.
  • You must keep the property free from insect and rodent infestations.
  • You must return a tenant’s security deposit within 21 days of their moving out. If you are keeping all or some of the security deposit, you must provide an itemized statement explaining why.