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JULY 2019  


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8 home repair tasks every landlord should learn how to do

A lot can go wrong with a rental unit, but a landlord with the skills, knowledge, and tools to handle basic repair tasks can save lots of money.

If you aren’t interested in doing maintenance and repair work yourself, because you prefer a hands-off approach, that’s great. But you’ll need an extensive contact list of home repair pros. If you want to do this work yourself, you’ve reduced your dependency on third-party schedules and can potentially save significant amounts of money.

Note: Even if you’re in a position to do repairs yourself, you shouldn’t expect to handle all of them. Certain repair tasks, such as those related to heating and cooling systems, require professional certification, while others, such as changing a shower valve, call for specialized skills. That still leaves a fairly long list of basic repair tasks you can do yourself. Here are eight of the most common ones.

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When is a tenant responsible for repairs?

Whether you own a home or rent one, things eventually break, malfunction, or wear out.

Generally if you’re a renter and you break something, you pay to repair it. If something breaks not because of you, such as because of age, the landlord is typically responsible. But what about minor repairs that are inexpensive or simple enough to do yourself?

You might be better off just handling them yourself. Before calling the landlord for every minor maintenance or repair issue, consider who should really be handling those repairs.

Check your lease agreement for repairs

There’s no need to stress out the moment that bathroom sink faucet starts to drip. Before wondering if you’re in charge of such repairs, check your rental agreement. In most cases, the contract discusses which repairs are the landlord’s responsibility and which may be yours.

For instance, Landlordology writer and rental owner Laura Agadoni includes language in her rental agreements noting that tenants are responsible for repairs $50 or less. Anything costing more

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Portland City Council approves some changes to two controversial rental ordinances

PORTLAND, Ore. – The City Council voted Wednesday to approve several amendments to a pair of ordinances that would change the rules for rental properties in Portland.

One covers security deposits, the other is about tenant requirements. The latter is especially controversial because it would force landlords to consider certain applicants, even those with a criminal history.

In part, it says landlords can’t reject applicants who had an arrest that didn’t result in a conviction, a conviction when underage, misdemeanor convictions sentenced three years prior to the housing application date, or a felony offense conviction in which the sentencing happened seven years prior to the application.

Another part of that ordinance would make it so that landlords could only require tenants to prove that their monthly income is up to twice the price of rent, if the rental is affordable to 80% or more of the area’s median income.

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A biyearly maintenance schedule for busy landlords

If you own rental properties, you know that each one needs a maintenance schedule. You have a couple of alternatives if you don’t want to pay a property manager or maintenance service.

Create maintenance agreements with tenants.

Find a way of working a rental maintenance schedule into your routine.

Related: 5 Ways to Save Money by Being Your Own Property Manager

The first alternative is a great idea if you have responsible, long-term renters. But it might not be such a good one if you have a high turnaround rate or unreliable renters.

If you find the buck stopping at your desk, and your lifestyle won’t accommodate a monthly maintenance schedule, don’t despair. You should be able to take care of most major maintenance issues with biyearly visits, preferably in mid- to late-fall and mid-spring.

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Education in Property Management

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