Duties of a landlord: thinking of renting out your property?

Are you wanting to rent out a property you just bought? You are about to become a landlord. There are many important duties of a landlord. Being aware of these duties can allow you to carry out your job more successfully and also reduce the risk of liability.

What follows is a list of some of the duties of a landlord. If being a landlord is something new to you, let this blog post be a starting point to appreciate your responsibilities. If you are experienced, take a moment to refresh your knowledge!

Duties of a landlord

As a landlord, you have to give your tenant a copy of the lease. If your tenant lives in a sectional title scheme, you must give the conduct rules of the scheme to your tenant as well.

You must place the deposit received from the tenant in an account that has the highest rate of interest for that financial institution. At the end of the lease, you have to return the deposit and all interest minus any costs for reasonable repairs for damages caused by your tenant.

You need to provide your tenant with an invoice for rent and utilities owed.

You have to ensure that the premises are clean on the day that your tenant moves in and that the previous tenant has completely moved out.

You need to keep the premises in good repair during the term of the lease. When something needs to be replaced, such as a faulty light switch or fitting, you must ensure that it is done by a professional. You must make sure that all the locks and window latches work correctly.

You must give your tenant occupation and control over the property for the duration of the lease. It is highly important that you allow your tenant use and enjoyment of the premises for the entirety of the lease in an undisturbed manner. You must not interfere with this right unlawfully, however lawful interferences in a reasonable manner are allowed. An example of a lawful interference might be to inspect the property or repair something. You must also protect the tenant from any third party who claims to have a stronger right to the premises than the tenant. You are not obligated to protect the tenant against a disturbance of occupation by superior force, such as a natural disaster.

You must allow the tenant to receive visitors.

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Please note, this is not legal advice. If you need legal advice on a matter related to the duties of a landlord, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@gunstons.com.

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