Landlord Repairs & Responsibilities
Being a landlord can be a great responsibility, but it can also be difficult to handle. If you’re dealing with a landlord who’s not taking care of her property properly, or you’re experiencing problems with your apartment complex, it’s good to know how to handle the situation before it grows out of hand.
Your Rights to Repairs
Unless you signed a lease that says otherwise, the landlord’s responsibilities include making repairs to the property that landlords are legally obligated to make, and any other duties specified in the lease. If you have a lease, your landlord is legally obligated to provide you with safe and livable premises, and the premises must meet the contingencies stipulated in the lease agreement.
And even if you didn’t sign a lease, that doesn’t mean your landlord isn’t responsible to repair the property. Even if you paid full rent for the month, you’re still allowed to make repairs yourself.
In fact, you’re legally entitled to make repairs if you’re already paying the full rent for the month! Your landlord is only obligated to make repairs to the property where either you or the landlord is using and enjoying the property.
Critical and Non-Critical Repairs
Landlords are responsible for repairing a damaged unit in New York City if a leaseholder notifies the landlord (writing the landlord a letter) within 24 hours of receiving notification from the city (the NYC Environmental Control Board) that the unit is damaged or has been rendered uninhabitable.
Critical and non-critical repairs typically differ in the amount of repairs that are required for each. However, a critical repair is typically considered more severe than a non-critical repair so they weigh differently when determining the extent of the repair.
Non-critical repairs are characterized by the following problems:
- Indoor air quality
- Cracked plaster
- Broken windows
- Inadequate hot water
- Inadequate heating
Critical repairs are characterized by the following problems:
- Peeling or cracked paint
- Deterioration of plumbing fixtures
- Cracked plaster
- Structural damage (this type of damage includes any damage to a foundation, structural beam, or structural staircase)
Responsibility for a unit’s rental stock is split between landlord and landlord. Although it’s one entity that’s responsible for buying the furniture, appliances, and other household items, the landlord is responsible for the rental unit itself. This means that if you’ve been injured while in your apartment, the landlord is legally obligated to make the unit habitable once again.
Hot and Drinkable Water
Without hot water, cooking, clothes washing and just about any other household task is not nearly as pleasant. Modern home boilers are a long way from simply heating up water.
But it’s still your landlord’s responsibility to ensure that hot and drinkable water is available to all his tenants.
Hot water is classified as water that’s between 60 and 90 ?C. In the UK, the minimum temperature requirement to keep cold and drinking water safe is 75 ?C. Water in this temperature range is necessary for bathing and laundry.
In the UK, water suppliers are required to provide a minimum temperature of 69 ?C when undertaking maintenance work on the pipes supplying the property.
While before- and after-work maintenance is more than enough time to fix a hot water problem, can your landlord take an entire day off to fix a burst pipe or boiler problem? Unfortunately, the landlord is allowed to do exactly that. They’re also allowed to take the entire day off to fix a leaking roof, fallen chimney or electrical fire. With those exceptions, though, you’re in charge of the maintenance on your end of the house.
Heat in Winter
Hot Air Heaters and Forced Air Heaters
If you’re looking to heat your home through the winter, you’ll need to choose either an electric or a gas-fired boiler. There are a lot of choices in between, such as wood stoves…but the emphasis here is on heating with electricity or gas. Electric heat is generally more affordable and easier to install and maintain than gas. And the appeal of electric heat is that it’s available to the entire house, even those rooms that are not heated, and it doesn’t make a loud noise.
Gas heat, on the other hand, is more affordable and offers the advantage of heating all rooms through a gas-burning furnace.
If you have a coal gasification system, then you’ll also be able to use it for heat because you’ll blend it with natural gas to heat your home. Just like with electricity, where there are small units for heating a single room, there are also larger units that are set up in a central location that heat your entire home. Special wood stoves are also available that provide space heat.
Working Bathroom Plumbing
The bathroom sinks, the toilet and the bathtub in the bathroom at the very top floor of the house were not working properly. The hot water stopped working on the sink and the toilet and on the bathtub. I decided to work on this problem myself rather than calling a plumber and do this myself. I learned how to hook up the house to the landlord.
Here is what I did do myself-First of all I plugged in the hose to the water heater. I connected the hose in the cold water line to the cold water line in the cold water line in the cold water line. I turned the water heater on. I turned it so that the cold water is now a warm water. Then I turned it to hot water. Next, I turned the hot water to the hot water plug on the bathtub. Next I did my job of connecting the hot water to the bathroom.
Electricity is mostly divided by two categories : hot and neutral. A 110-volt outlet is hot and has electricity. A 220-volt outlet is neutral and has electricity. Otherwise electricity would constantly run out and stop working.
A home owner can call electric company and ask for an installation of an outlet. In most cases you get a service call to do the installation and you pay the electric company for it.
If you have any questions about how to do the installation, always ask a local electrician to help you. However. In some cases, a landlord has to do the installation because of safety and safety codes.
In some cases you have to give the landlord a little bit of time to do the installation because of the safety codes. In most cases the landlord has to give you a notice. This is a maximum amount of time you have to fix your problem.
However, first the landlord has to know that there’s a problem. Before the landlord fixes anything, they need to make the potential for a problem.
After they fix a problem, they have to give you a notice. This is the maximum amount of time you have to fix your problem. If you need to fix your problem, you have to call a local electric contractor.
As a landlord you have the responsibility to ensure that your tenants’ and their guests’ lives and property aren’t put at risk. Unfortunately, electrical faults and dangerous conditions in your rentals should be reported immediately. Ignoring this could result in failure to properly address the issue to ensure that tenants are not injured, objects are left in a safe condition, or people in your property are put at severe risk of injury or getting hurt. In the unfortunate event of an electrical fault affecting the lives of people in your property, it is not only the landlord’s responsibility to respond, but also the electrical contractor’s.
Without having a way of looking back on the damage, it's easy to justify not taking action. But doing so could have dire consequences. It can be dangerous and damaging. Don’t wait for something bad to happen before you act. Should an electrical fault occur at your property, you need to be proactive. From installing the right wiring and checking fixtures to installing safety switches in the bathroom and ensuring all the baby-proofing is in place, you have to be sure the safety of your tenants is paramount.
Your landlord's responsibilities include:
Making sure all undamaged items in the property are returned to the tenant
Door Locks & Window Guards
When a tenant moves out before the lease is up, a landlord should fix the following problems within seven days:
- A broken lock
- A window that’s broken
- A door that’s broken
- A door that’s unsecured
- A door that’s jammed
- A door that’s a fire hazard
- A door that’s moldy
- A door that’s a human or animal barrier
- All wall and door openings that are too large
- All wall or floor holes or protrusions that are a security or fire risk
- All windows that don’t close and lock
- All doors that are missing hardware
- All entrances that can be accessed from the outside
- All windows that are insecure or that have privacy concerns
All ceiling, walls or floors that are sticky, tacky, subpar, or inferior in some way.
All Damage to Walls and Ceilings that Is Intended to Be Permanent
What makes these seven main categories of repairs unique? Each one is treated differently.
Rodents & Insect Infestations
If you’re worried about pests or rodents in your apartment or rental property, call an exterminator immediately. Only a professional can find out where pests are entering your home and identify the problems that contribute to the growth of rodent and insect infestations.
Apples To Apples?
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Apples to apples comparison.” It’s a telltale sign that you’re probably trying to understand how one company stacks up against another. The difficulty is knowing whether people are talking about apples and apples, or apples and oranges. In the case of tenant’s rights, it’s all about the apples, but we have to take care to differentiate between tenant’s rights for all property-type leases and contractor’s rights for repair and maintenance claims.
Miscellaneous Critical & Non-Critical Repairs
In most residential leases, landlords are responsible for repairs to major items such as heat, water, and gas. But what happens when something minor goes wrong with a piece of furniture or the size of a new wall in your apartment? As long as it’s not a major damage, does the landlord have to fix it?
Unfortunately, the landlord has a long list of things landlords do not have to fix. Watch out for these – “unless” clauses. “Unless” clauses typically do not mean the clause doesn’t apply to your particular apartment. They simply mean the list does not include your specific problem. Here’s a list of the most common non-repairs a landlord does not have to do:
- Replace broken appliances (except the refrigerator)
- Make repairs to roofs, exteriors or foundations
- Make repairs to water pipes (from the roof to the tap)
- Seal leaks in the roof
- Fix broken cabinets or doors (unless they were made poorly by the manufacturer)
- Repair an old refrigerator (unless it’s more than six years old)
- Furnish and install a broken window (unless your lease says otherwise)
Vs. Landlord Tenant Law
When you’re a tenant living in a rented property, it is very important that you know your rights. Common law rights are the same in every state and relate mostly to landlords’ responsibility to maintain the property adequately and to repair dangerous conditions. However, these common law rights aren’t necessarily reflected in state and local laws, so it is best to check the laws in your area.
While many states have some laws pertaining to landlord/tenant issues, some states do not have any statutes governing these issues at all. In many of the states with specific landlord/tenant laws, unless your rented property has has more than five units, you as a tenant will have pretty much the same rights as the landlord does.
If you find you’re dealing with a problem in your tenancy that might have a remedy under the common law, you might want to check into a rent escrow law before heading to the landlord’s attorney. These laws are found in some states and can provide a guarantor of remedy when your landlord is neglectful, even in state and local laws that do not have a similar provision.
If you have problems with a landlord that your state or local law does not cover, you might need to consult with an attorney.
Implied Warranty of Habitability
Timeline for Repairs
When a tenant contracts a property owner for a lease, he or she is agreeing to live within the premises – including signing a lease and paying the rent. The tenant is also accepting that the landlord will perform any necessary repairs before the tenant moves in and that the landlord will refund the difference to the tenant in the lease should the tenants find any defects that necessitates repair after moving in.
If a tenant moves in, he or she is typically held to the same standards with respect to time it takes for a landlord to repair any damage or damage or make improvements to the property; however, it is important to recognize the differences in ways that tenants and landlords work.
Much like a tenant, the landlord has obligations to those who enter an assignment of the lease. In the event that the lease contains an assignment clause, it is this duty which is required to be fulfilled, usually within 30 days of entry. The landlord then has an obligation to protect the health and safety to the best of his or her ability.
Landlords are required by law to carry out certain building based inspections to ensure that the property is safe and secure. It is the obligation of landlords to make sure that there is adequate protection from fire hazards.
The information to be sought here is whether your landlord has properly carried out a supervised 24-hour fire investigation and, if so, what they found.
A landlord must carry out a recommended 24-hour fire inspection. If they choose to do this, it must be carried out within two days of letting the house. This is to ensure that the landlord has an up to date understanding of the level of fire safety in the property. In most cases, they will carry out a supervised inspection during the daytime for the landlord to assess the condition of the property.
In most cases, the landlord will but there are certain circumstances where a landlord doesn’t have to carry out a supervised 24-hour fire inspection. The landlord must make sure that there are no violations, such as; inadequate heating systems, insufficient security alarms, combustible materials on the inside, exits or hallways that are difficult to escape or get into, fire doors that don’t meet fire rating standards, lack of a fire escape route and indications of a past fire. If the landlord finds violations at the property, they must arrange for them to be fixed or removed.
If you’re renting, you should expect to receive a move-in/move-out inspection from your landlord during your lease. These inspections are typically either conducted by your landlord or one of their contracted inspectors, with each party checking their own side of the rental. In some cases, standards can vary among inspectors, while inspection results can sometimes differ between the landlord and the tenant. This can cause disorganization and miscommunication between both parties throughout the tenancy. The inspection is meant to ensure that everything is in working order and that the property presents itself in good condition.
Landlords are responsible for maintaining their tenants’ rented units. However, your landlord is not responsible for normal wear-and-tear.
The extent of the landlord’s obligation depends on the type of agreement your landlord and owner signed:
- an oral lease: If your landlord signed an oral lease but didn’t include an itemized list of provisions, then you and your landlord must work out your shared responsibilities.
- written lease: You need to write the landlord and request that they fix the problem. If they don’t respond, you can file an informal complaint at your local city office, and they will have to fix the problem within a certain timeframe.
- Statutory tenants: If your landlord signed a written lease with you, then he or she is responsible for the unit. In this case, then you can file an informal complaint with your local city office. They will have to fix your problem within 2 weeks or issue you a new unit.
If you don’t want to fill out a complaint form, there are some remedies you can try without filing a complaint:
Emergency or Sudden Repairs
Very few tenants would complain if the landlord did a quick and minor repair themselves. In most circumstances, if the landlord is up to repair something urgently, the tenant who is usually responsible for the upkeep (unless the damage was caused by the tenant) should be glad to oblige.
In addition to an inspection of the apartment, a tenant who is concerned about these repairs should know their landlord’s requirements. Every landlord has his own set of rules regarding emergency repairs. Some landlords may require an inspection, others may require a tenant to sign a permission slip. In some cases, a landlord will only allow the repairs if they are done during the tenant’s absence.
In the United States, the Federal Fair Housing Act does not have any rules regarding landlord requirements for emergency repairs. States do have regulations, but they are generally less clear cut than federal rules.
National Disasters & Tenant Relocation
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides rental assistance assistance under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). The IHP is a State and local government program that provides rental and/or financial assistance when a disaster displaces individuals and/or households from their homes.
In addition to FEMA, there are also state governments that offer this program as well. In some of these programs, you may be eligible to receive relocation or re-establishment expenses, such as:
- Payment to move from a hotel, motel or other temporary housing to permanent housing;
- Payment for the lease of a vehicle or the down payment on a vehicle; or
Rental of clothing and other necessary household items.
The specific details and eligibility requirements of these programs vary by location. You should contact your local agency for more information about your individual eligibility and the specific benefits you are entitled to receive.
Contact your local agency for more information and up-to-date guidelines.
Lease Agreement & Repairs
Lease agreements are a valuable tool to have in your arsenal as a landlord. A lease agreement helps set expectations and outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and the tenant. Lease agreements should generally be prepared and signed by both parties to ensure both are clear on the terms.
New Landlords should have a lease agreement drafted by a lawyer and an attorney or property manager reviewing it. The agreement can be drafted in some simple and straightforward language intended to answer the most commonly asked questions on a lease.
The suggested lease for a new tenant (tenant) is typically drafted for their benefit and will most likely contain clauses that protect the tenant/renter in case of a landlord’s default.
The tenant/renter should also be made aware of the landlord’s/tenant’s responsibilities, such as paying rent on time, maintaining the apartment and not doing any damage to the unit.
If a landlord is looking to reduce costs, then the operational expense might be the first item to be reduced and therefore the most important one to be covered in the lease agreement. A lease agreement should include all the basic terms a tenant should have a right to expect and the landlord should be aware the tenant might expect.
Statement of Condition
(a) For the purpose of this Act a landlord has to deliver a statement of condition to a tenant or a prospective tenant and shall verify, before a tenancy is entered into, that the condition of the premises at the time when the statement of condition was delivered is satisfactory.
<<<<<<<<<< (1) For the purposes of this Act a landlord must ensure that a tenant or prospective tenant is given a statement of condition and verify, before a tenancy is entered into, that the condition of the premises at the time when the statement of condition was provided to the tenant or prospective tenant is satisfactory.
<<<<<<<<<< (a) For the purposes of this Act a landlord is required to supply a statement of condition to a tenant or prospective tenant and must verify, before the tenancy is entered into, that the condition of the premises is satisfactory.
While the landlord is required to do the above, the tenant is required to sign the tenants’ statement of the condition the same as the landlord sign their own. The lawyers make a fortune between the two of them going back and forth.
Is the Statement of Condition admissible in Court?
No! I am not kidding… You cannot use the column 4 form as evidence in court. Landlord’s Law Talk
In many states in the United States, there are laws that protect tenants from unfair treatment by landlords. These –Anti-Retaliation” Laws prohibit landlords from retaliating against tenants for complaining about issues with the property.
The laws also prohibit landlords from penalizing tenants for the actions of third parties, such as guests or visitors. Also, the laws protect tenants from retaliating against landlords. Tenant’s that are making complaints or challenging the landlord’s position may not be punished.
For a landlord to be able to take action against a tenant because of tenant’s activities, they must have a reason to do so and they have to be able to prove their reasons. For example, if the tenant is doing something that is dangerous to their property, the landlord has the right to take action.
How these laws are enforced depends on the circumstances. For example, in some states a landlord has to notify the tenant that they are pursuing action against them. A landlord may not be able to take action if they are not able to prove to the court that the tenant had violated a rule or law, or had done something that was unsafe, hazardous, or illegal.
What Landlords Are Not Responsible for
Landlords take on the added responsibility of the property when they rent it out to tenants. Although landlords have all the authority when it comes to their property, there are certain things they’re not legally responsible for.
One of your biggest concerns may be regarding working appliances. You’re usually responsible for the usage of the appliances in your property, but there are certain exceptions.
When something such as a refrigerator breaks, for example, you’re not required to fix it. Even if it’s your own property and you’re responsible for repairs, landlords are only required to provide you with a working refrigerator. Other appliances can be left to you to decide whether or not to repair, or they can be replaced with a working unit.
Clearly, many tenants don’t get along with their landlords for doing this. Some who can’t make the repairs themselves, or believe they can’t afford to upgrade or repair, simply accept that they will have a working refrigerator.
However, landlords are not required to repair problems in the facilities. For instance, if your toilet is malfunctioning, you will be contractually obligated to fix the issue, but your landlord is not required to take care of this problem.
Protecting Landlords from Fraudulent Claims
Handling Lead Paint
You’re a new tenant, and you move into a house that’s ten years old. You notice that the original owners made a lead paint mess when they updated the place, but you’re just happy to move in and are not really worried about the mess.
However, it’s around two months after you’ve moved in and you notice your child is developing some lead paint poisoning symptoms. Now what?
Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked toward making the removal and eventual elimination of lead-based paint hazards from the residential housing environment a priority.
In 1992, section 406 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act mandated that all children living in homes built before 1978 receive special testing and, if they are found to have elevated blood levels of lead, be screened for developmental delays as a prelude to possible lead-related education, counseling and testing of their family.
The EPA also established lead-safe levels for blood, and required that children under 6 years old be screened for lead poisoning if their homes were built before 1978, or their blood lead levels were above 5 ug/dl.
You saw that, right? Healthy kids and homes built before 1978 are all that we as landlords and home owners should concern ourselves with when it comes to lead poisoning.
Tenant Responsibilities for Repairs
Tenants have certain responsibilities when it comes to maintaining their apartment. When your apartment fails to operate properly or looks dirty, it can cause a major problem for both the landlord and the tenant.
While it’s the landlord’s job to keep the building sanitary and safe, it’s the tenant’s responsibility to take care of the personal property in their unit. When something goes wrong with the apartment, the tenant’s safety could be compromised or things could get stolen, including the landlord’s pride and joy – the tenant’s furniture.
That’s why it’s important that you notify your landlord of problems within 24 hours. If you’re not comfortable being the one to call your landlord, consider having your roommate or someone else reach out to the landlord.
If you don’t notify your landlord, the landlord will be under the assumption that the tenant has already taken care of the problem. Another issue you’ll encounter if you don’t notify the landlord is the building’s appliances and the like.
Using Security Deposits for Repairs
Withholding Rent for Repairs
Landlords are allowed to withhold rent for necessary or emergency maintenance, but it’s a good idea to avoid doing so. The problem is that, because your landlord has the right to withhold the rent, he or she won’t do anything that they didn’t already intend to do. And it’s just flat-out rude to withhold rent for the wrong reasons.
For example, if you stop paying bills that are the landlord’s responsibility and say you won’t pay anymore until they take action on a repair or maintenance issue, you’re just asking for their bank to take your money away from them without justification. And that doesn’t sound like the type of landlord you want.
Tenants Making the Repairs
Landlord Consequences for Ignoring Repairs
Paying for Repairs
The landlord is under no obligation to repair anything. Unfortunately, if you are evicted from your apartment, it’s not your landlord’s responsibility to fix the apartment up or return your security deposit. Check your lease and state laws for best practices and answer to make sure that you don’t have to pay for any repairs.
The lease may state that the landlord will make repairs in the condition of the apartment up to the date of move-out. This is an important part of the contract. Being that the landlord has to fix everything up to the last day of your tenancy, you are under no obligation to pay for the cost of repairs on anything that fell apart or broke after you moved out.
Ifthere are conditions in your lease that state the landlord must make repairs and that you must pay for the repairs. Then when the repairs are done properly then you need to repay for the costs of any repairs that were done.
5 Top Landlord Repairs Responsibilities Mistakes to Avoid
Repairs to a rental property can easily turn into a disaster if you and your landlord don’t do your homework. The worst part is you don’t even know if you’re at the mercy of a sloppy landlord. Well, at least 39 percent of landlords do not require home repairs to be repaired. <
This means that you are likely to bear the brunt of the repair bills and vague procedures. Let’s take a look at some of the home repair mistakes landlords make and some countermeasures that can help you recover your losses in case of a malfunctioning device or rent-breaking damages.
Not Performing Routine Inspections and Maintenance
By law, a landlord is required to provide a habitable property and safe building. But in the event that there is a problem with the premises, is it your landlord’s responsibility to fix it?
When it comes to whether or not they are responsible, the answer is yes, but within a specific time frame.
If there are any problems or repairs that need to be made, a landlord must complete them in a reasonable time. Depending on whether or not the landlord was contracted to perform the repairs themselves will affect how long the repairs must be completed.
If the repairs were performed by another professional, the landlord is liable to make the repairs in thirty days.
The repairs must be completed within a reasonable time period unless the tenant is lawfully evicted.
A reasonable time is defined as “a reasonable length of time, considering the nature and urgency of the need for the repairs and their effect on the necessities of life and the safety of the tenants and neighbors.” Landlords are usually liable for errors or omissions in the property’s operation. However, there is no such thing as an error that cannot be fixed by a reasonable amount of time.
Not Understanding State’s Tenant Rights
Many areas of the United States have laws and statutes that define and dictate how landlords may and may not conduct business. Tenant tenancies are zero-sum games, meaning that landlords hold all of the cards, and tenants have little or no power.
Unfortunately, this quirk of the landlord/tenant relationship is not only common but also a problem for tenants who have the potential of a legitimate claim against a landlord. Without the proper knowledge, or an independent attorney to represent you, the tenant is likely to lose a claim to the landlord.
Protection for Tenants in the U.S.
Fortunately, tenants in the U.S. have protection from bad landlords. If you are a tenant, you have rights that you can insist upon when dealing with your landlord. Unfortunately, tenants rights are severely limited by state laws, which are created by lawmakers and heavily influenced by landlords. These state laws negatively impact tenants’ ability to hold landlords accountable for their poor business practices.
Regardless of what state you happen to be living in, you can protect yourself by educating yourself about the laws in your area. There are also national organizations that can give you access to resources that will educate you on your rights to justice. Although the goal of holding evil landlords accountable for their misdeeds often gets lost in the shuffle of state politics, the outcome is a stronger and more protected tenant community.
Attempting DIY Without Proper Skills
You probably know that you can’t do it right the first time. But has your landlord and you defined the problem properly? I have always thought of "repair" as calling the landlord and paying them to do it. But does the term repair include things like light bulbs and doorbell rings and the like?
If a landlord says they will fix something, it means you are responsible for doing these tasks, including asking when to replace a defective part, before hiring an electrician or plumber. If you call for an electrical or plumbing repair, the landlord’s home warranty should cover that. If you hire a contractor, you should reimburse the landlord for the cost.
Keep this in mind when things begin to go wrong in your home. If a light bulb isn’t working, you’re better off asking the landlord to fix it as opposed to replacing it yourself. Ask the landlord before he sends out or repairs it.
If you notice something that needs fixing, ask the landlord. Before you hire a specialist, ask the landlord to fix it. If the landlord refuses to fix it, you can hire a contractor or specialist to do it. However, you cannot force them to do it, especially if they claim you damaged it by opening the door. You have to prove that you called it in before someone opened it.
Not Taking Before and After Photos
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Your Landlordalty Professional Team will always try to answer any questions you may have.
And as a matter of policy, Landlordalty’s Contractors take photographs of before and after each job, as required by law.
Before showing your property or discussing repairs with the tenant, it is extremely important to have the required photographic records.
If we are showing a property and some of the photos are missing or are not in the right order, we are not being truthful with potential tenants about the condition of the property or how much or what maintenance work is required.
This is deceptive and illegal.
Landlordalty and its Contractors will not enter into contracts if we cannot provide the proper documentation of the condition of the property.
Performing maintenance by Landlordalty and its Contractors is our business and our livelihood.
Then we can do our work and pass on the savings on to our clients.
Skipping a Month-to-Month Rental Agreement
A month-to-month rental agreement is simply when a renter continues to hold possession of a rental unit even after the rental period ends. Typically, month-to-month rental agreements terminate automatically on the date of expiration and payment is made after the 30 days.
Exceptionally in situations where the tenant has continuing obligations (e.g., regularly pays the rent) but does not have continuing possession. This can occur when a tenant moves back in to the apartment and continues to live there.
If the tenant is holding possession of the rental unit, then they can modify the original termination of the rental agreement so that it lasts until the day they move out (although they are required to pay prorated rent for the days they are living there past the original date of termination).
A month-to-month agreement is not really a common arrangement and if the tenant subsequently wants to move out, the landlord should expect the tenant to pay rent both during the effective date of termination and for the subsequent month(s) of possession as well.
What is the Fair Accommodation Standard for Landlords?
How long should a landlord fix broken appliances, water pipes, or other repairs to a rental unit? Does each province have different laws with respect to this subject?
No, the fair accommodation standard for landlords does not vary by province. The Federation of Rental- Housing Associations of British Columbia, a trade association and advocacy group, sees no need for differing provincial repairs laws since all provinces adopt the same Fair Housing Standard act. The Fair Housing Act came into force on April 1, 2015, and all rental units are covered under the Act.
The Fair Housing Standard Act outlines landlord responsibilities when it comes to certain living conditions affecting tenants, including noxious odours, mould, and vermin, as well as the repair and maintenance of physical features. It gives landlords a bit more control than it does tenants. The Fair Housing Standard Act protects tenants all over Canada against the above-mentioned concerns within rental units. There are no different laws between provinces with respect to this Act.
Landlord responsibilities under this Act include treating tenants residing in rental units with dignity and respect, ensuring that all rental units are a safe place to live and providing proper maintenance of common elements and the rental unit that meet health, safety, and life-safety codes.