Tip of the Month - February, 2019
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
Source: First Time Landlord
by Attorney Janet, Portman, Marcia Stewart, Michael Molinski
Don't drive tenants to
repair and deduct. Though it will mean the repair gets done with
little effort on your part, a repair that isn't done well could cost
you in the long run. Moreover, when tenants use repair and
deduct, you have no receipt with your name on it to prove the expense
for tax purposes.
Reporting code violations to housing inpectors.
A tenant may complain to a local
building, health, or fire department about problems such as inoperable
plumbing, a leaky roof, or bad wiring. If an inspector comes out,
you may be ordered to correct the problem-and subjected to a fine or
penalty if you don't do so within a certain amount of time (often five
to 30 business days).
Filing a lawsuit.
The tenant may sue and ask the court
to order a rent refund for the period that housing conditions were
substandard; payment of repair cost of property lost or damaged as a
result of the problem (for example, furniture ruined by water leaking
through the roof); compensation for personal injuries caused by the
problem and attorney fees. In some states, tenants may also get
the court to order you to repair the defects, with rent reduced until
you show the court proof that you have remedied the defects.
This web page was updated on 01/31/2019.