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Old 04-08-2013, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I'm about to sell my house and wanted to rent for a few years to take a break from home ownership. I was looking at house rentals and I saw stuff that the tenant is responsible for that struck me as, well, CRAZY.
Here's a typical list of what the landlords what the tenants to be responsible for:

Ext maintenance (not defined, what does that mean?)
Gutter cleaning
Fireplace/chimney cleaning
HVAC maintenance
Responsiblity for frozen pipes (no way, BGE has taken days to get power on, no way am I paying for that)

I do not ever recall ever being responsible for anything other than maybe changing filters, lightbulbs, and perhaps raking or cutting grass and, of course, utilities. Is this the new normal for renters? This is ridiculous. Can any renters or landlords chime in?
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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I do not ever recall ever being responsible for anything other than maybe changing filters, lightbulbs, and perhaps raking or cutting grass and, of course, utilities. Is this the new normal for renters? This is ridiculous. Can any renters or landlords chime in?
We own a house, and, yes, the standard lease requires all of these items. It is much the same as if you owned the house. Cleaning the chimney and the gutters are all necessary to maintain the proper functioning of the house. HVAC maintenance means cleaning the filters and an annual inspection. It does not mean major repair.

I think the frozen pipes ought to be covered by insurance, but I would have to check. The issue has never occurred.

Exterior maintenance means keeping the yard picked up, hedges trimmed, grass mowed. We interpret it not to mean major items like power washing or tree removal.

If you are not prepared to do these things yourself, you can pay someone else to do it. Otherwise, stick with renting an apartment.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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We own a house, and, yes, the standard lease requires all of these items. It is much the same as if you owned the house. Cleaning the chimney and the gutters are all necessary to maintain the proper functioning of the house. HVAC maintenance means cleaning the filters and an annual inspection. It does not mean major repair.

I think the frozen pipes ought to be covered by insurance, but I would have to check. The issue has never occurred.

Exterior maintenance means keeping the yard picked up, hedges trimmed, grass mowed. We interpret it not to mean major items like power washing or tree removal.

If you are not prepared to do these things yourself, you can pay someone else to do it. Otherwise, stick with renting an apartment.
Wow. Actually, I own my own house and one of the reasons for renting is because I'm tired of the repairs and maintenance. But if I'm going to be stuck doing this stuff anyway, I'd probably rather just pay my own mortgage.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Wow. Actually, I own my own house and one of the reasons for renting is because I'm tired of the repairs and maintenance. But if I'm going to be stuck doing this stuff anyway, I'd probably rather just pay my own mortgage.
You might get lucky and find a more accommodating landlord, or you might look into renting in a condo community.

We live two states away, so we have to require the tenant to take care of the house.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Ocean Pines, MD
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I'm a property manager in Ocean City. Exterior means the yard, basically. You're not responsible for improving the property (painting, landscaping, etc.) but you generally do need to rake, mow the lawn, keep gutters clear, etc. HVAC, as someone noted, would include changing filters, which is just routine upkeep, but the owner should be responsible for the inspection and for repairs of the system. Frozen pipes are the tenant's responsibility in the sense that the tenant is responsible for keeping the house heated sufficiently so that the pipes don't freeze, but if they freeze because the owner hasn't properly insulated them, for example, or because of some defect in the system, the owner should be responsible. You can include an addendum to the lease to that effect.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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For the gutters and fireplace, my realtor told me that the tenant is responsible for having them cleaned before they leave, but that the owner has to have them cleaned before they can rent the house.
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