Renting a property has its advantages and disadvantages. While you may pay more than what an equivalent mortgage would be, you have the convenience of relying on a landlord or property management company to handle most repairs. While some things may be minor, other things could lead to bigger problems if they’re not addressed quickly. Here are four concerns to report to your landlord immediately.
Mold exists everywhere in the environment, but excessive mold in the home may be a potential health hazard. It can affect people with respiratory issues, certain allergies, or weakened immune systems. You should report any water leaks or signs of mold immediately. It could look like black growth, mushrooms or unexplained moisture accumulation. The leaks must be fixed and mold should be removed.
Gutters help catch most of the water that rolls off the roof and divert it away from the home’s foundation into the drains. If your rental property’s gutters hang over the landings and/or stairs, leaky gutters can drip water onto these surfaces and freeze during the winter. This can create a risk of injury for you and other tenants. It leads to a slippery surface that could cause accidents or further property damage. Ice or standing water isn’t always easy to see.
As with any other damage around your home, broken lights should be reported immediately. You can do so by submitting a repair request or by sending a letter to your landlord. Working lights, especially safety lights in outdoor walkways or stairways, are important for staying safe. They allow you to easily see things like steps and curbs in the dark to help prevent tripping or other accidents. This simple item can be very helpful for safety.
Broken Windows or Other Entry Points
If you notice any drafts around doorways or windows, you should ask your landlord to address those right away. Not only can they potentially let in moisture, but they also cost you money by making your heating or cooling system work overtime. If you live in an area with extreme hot or cold temperatures, it’s important to check for drafts around windows, doors, garage doors and pet doors.
When you’re renting a place to live, it’s wise to keep renters insurance to cover your belongings in case of loss or damage. In addition, renters insurance should cover accidental property damage you may cause, such as accidental fire. We require tenants to have renters insurance for these reasons. However, it’s always best to report any repairs or concerns as they arise so that your landlord can intervene before it’s too late.