Tenants have a lot of rights when they’re renting a home in Golden, Colorado. There are laws in place to protect them against discrimination, unfair rental practices, and the misuse of their security deposit.
Landlords have rights, too. You have the right to receive rent on time and to enforce your lease agreement.
With rights come responsibilities, and today we’re taking a close look at what you should expect from yourself and your tenants when you enter into a lease agreement.
Your Rights as a Golden Landlord
Tenants are required to pay rent on time, honor the lease agreement, and take care of minor issues around your property while they are residing there. You have the right to expect your Golden tenants to change light bulbs and batteries in smoke detectors and remote control garage door openers, for example. You also have the right to require your tenants to change air filters. If you want, you can ask that they take care of additional responsibilities such as snow removal, landscaping, and pest control.
You have the right to all of these things as long as they’re included in the lease agreement.
You also have the right to hold your tenants accountable for any damage that they cause or their guests cause. Property damage can be an accident, but even if it’s an accident, it’s the tenant’s responsibility. Something might break due to neglect or abuse. If a tenant’s child was using a cabinet door as a swing and it breaks, that’s the tenant’s bill to pay.
Your Responsibilities as a Golden Landlord
Your main responsibility as a landlord is to provide a Golden rental property that is safe, habitable, and well-maintained. Before a resident moves in, it’s your responsibility to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are in place and working. You’ll be responsible for repairing and replacing anything that’s damaged or not working before the lease starts. Make sure the home is clean and ready for occupancy. The tenant has the right to inspect the property after moving in and agree to its condition.
During the tenancy, landlords are responsible for maintaining the rental property and everything inside of it. If there’s an issue with the hot water or the heat, you will need to fix it. When the washer stops working or the toilet starts running, the landlord is required to respond. Take care of these problems immediately. If you don’t repair the problem right away, your tenants have the right to file a complaint.
Address All Rights and Responsibilities in Your Lease Agreement
Lease agreements are designed to protect your rights and those of your tenants.
The lease agreement is the best place to keep a list of your responsibilities and your tenant’s responsibilities. It will make it easy for the tenants to refer to the conditions in the lease agreement when they’re wondering who is responsible for mowing the lawn or maintaining the roof.
Your lease agreement should also stipulate who is responsible for utilities and whether there are any landscaping responsibilities that are to be covered by the tenant or included in the rental property price. If you hire professional services for landscaping, the lease should also reference that.
We can help you understand your rights and responsibilities better if you have any questions or need any help with managing your Golden, Colorado rental property. Please contact us at Laurel Property Services, Inc.