Taking care of rental home maintenance for your Coral Springs rental property is a major responsibility of landlords, and you need to know what to do and when to do it. You also need to be able to establish the difference between damage and normal wear and tear because that will become important when a tenant moves out and expects to receive their security deposit back.
Wear and Tear vs. Damage
Tenants are expected to cause normal wear and tear on your property. This is going to happen no matter who is living there. It might include carpet that has some wear in high traffic areas or small nail holes in the walls from pictures that were hung. Damage would be large holes in the walls or burns and stains on the carpet. Tenants are not permitted to damage the property without paying for that damage out of their security deposit. Understanding the security deposit law is critical. Check out Florida Statute 83.49 to get all the information you need on how to legally keep and return security deposits.
Prepare Your Property
Before a tenant moves in, take care of any maintenance issues that need to be addressed. The house should be clean and everything should work. Take pictures and video that document the condition of the home so you can compare it to the way the property looks after a tenant moves out. Starting a tenant out with a property that’s in good condition will help ensure it stays in good shape.
Take care of preventative maintenance so you can preserve the value of your property. Hire professional vendors who are licensed and insured. It’s not a good idea to allow tenants to do work at the home because it’s easy to make a mistake. Your tenants could accidentally break something or destroy a piece of equipment. They could also hurt themselves, which would make you liable. Organize all warranties and repair reports for your home’s systems and appliances.
Make sure you are proactive when it comes to maintenance and repairs, otherwise you’ll have unhappy tenants and a house that is falling apart. Contact Florida Management and Consulting Group if you have any questions about how to maintain your rental property.