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Tenant/Landlord Rights

A brochure depicting the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.

Tenants have the responsibility to do the following:

• Maintain a clean and sanitary rental home.

• Properly dispose of garbage or trash.

• Properly operate all electrical, gas, and plumbing fixtures.

• Refrain from damaging or defacing the home or allowing anyone else to do so (tenants are responsible for all repairs of damage caused by the tenant, the tenant’s family, guests or pets).

• Use the premises as a place to live, and use the rooms for their intended purposes.

• Report broken door or window locks.

• Contact the rental owner or property manager immediately to report any problems with your rental home, especially any water damage or leaks.

• Cooperate with repair workers/pest control operators in preparing rental home for service or repairs.

Owners have the responsibility to ensure the following:

• A structure that is weatherproof and waterproof; there must be no holes or cracks that allow rain or wind to enter.

• A plumbing system in good working condition and connected to the local water supply and sewage system or functional septic system.

• Floors, stairs and railings in good repair.

• A hot water system capable of producing water of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

• An electrical system that was legal when installed and without loose or exposed wiring.

• A heating system that is in safe, working condition.

• No insect or rodent infestation.

• A home that is free of garbage or debris.

• Sufficient garbage or trash receptacles.

• A working toilet, wash basin, and bathtub or shower.

• A kitchen with a working sink.

• A safe fire or emergency exit.

• Deadbolt locks on each main swinging door that provides entry to the home.

• Working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors located in certain areas.

• Working telephone jack and phone wiring inside the home.

• Gas facilities in working order

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