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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Landlord Series - Fuses and Lightbulbs

The Landlord Series are various tips to help the owner of a property become a better and more informed landlord.

"Rinnggg, Rinngggg"

That's a landlord's least favorite sound - the maintenance phone call from your tenant! As a owner of rental property, I can relate gritting my teeth everytime a tenant calls. After all, when is the last time a tenant called you to thank you for providing them with a clean, quiet, safe roof over their head?

In all seriousness, though, as a responsible landlord, you are required and responsible for maintenance and repair of the major systems in the house.

What about Light Bulbs and Fuses?

The Residential Tenancies Act states and landlord is responsible for:
making sure all light bulbs and fuses are in place and working when thte tenant moves in
  • replacing light bulbs in hallways and other common areas like laundry and recreational rooms and parking lots
  • repairing light fistures in hallways and other common areas like laundry and recreational rooms, paking lots and in rental units

They also state a Tenant is responsible for:

  • replacing light bulbs in their rental unit during tenancy
  • making sure all light bulbs are in place and working when they move out
  • replacing standard fuses in their unit
  • making sure fuses are in place and working when they move out
Therefore, all you need to do is make sure the light bulbs and fuses are working when your tenant moves in, and you don't need to go out at 2:00 in the morning to change a fuse!

Sleep tight...

Got questions? Email us at owners@garamark.net
Garamark Property Management is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and successfully balances protecting the investment of an owner and retaining happy tenants.

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