MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY

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Under landlord-tenant law, maintenance responsibilities are typically divided between the landlord and the tenant.

The Landlord, With Very Few Exceptions, Is Legally Responsible to Provide Property Maintenance Such as Snow Shoveling, Lawn Raking, Eavestrough Cleaning, Among Other Things. The Law Disallows a Landlord From Using a Lease to Shift the Responsibility to a Tenant. Landlords are generally responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of the property, ensuring that essential systems (such as plumbing and heating) are in working order, and addressing safety hazards. Tenants, on the other hand, are typically responsible for keeping the rental unit clean and sanitary, promptly reporting any maintenance issues to the landlord, and conducting minor routine maintenance tasks as outlined in the lease agreement. These responsibilities are subject to specific legal requirements and may vary by jurisdiction, so it’s essential for both landlords and tenants to understand their obligations as outlined in their lease agreement and applicable local laws to ensure a harmonious landlord-tenant relationship.

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