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Landlord vs. Tenant Responsibilities in My Cary, NC Rental Property – What Am I Liable For?

Quite often, you will get a tenant who calls and asks if they are responsible for things such as lawn maintenance, pest control, or cleaning the outside of the home. There is no solid answer for who is responsible for which tasks at your rental property in Cary. However, there are a couple of things you can do to avoid any confusion.

Use a Strong Lease

When you have a strong and consistent lease with specific language and terms, you can eliminate a lot of confusion for your tenants and yourself. You’ll protect yourself and your property against any neglect or ambiguities about who is responsible for what. In our leases, we don’t hesitate to list out things such as the utilities, water, trash, sewer, power, gas service, lawn maintenance, pest control, and security systems if the property has them. We even mention who is responsible for television, and whether it’s cable t.v. or satellite. We make it very clear what you are responsible for as the landlord and what the tenants are responsible for. This takes the guesswork out of owning and living in the property. There’s no question about it, and it can be referred to whenever necessary.

Tenant Communication

Using a lease with strong language will absolutely protect you and your property, and help you avoid conflict throughout the life of your rental home. It’s also important to reinforce what’s in the lease with your tenants. Talk about responsibilities and expectations before the lease is signed and the tenants move in.

Discuss these things any time you have the opportunity and make sure your tenants are being held accountable.

If you have any questions about your Cary rental property or anything pertaining to property management in Cary, please don’t hesitate to contact us at MasterKey Property Management. We would be happy to talk to you about your specific situation.

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