1. Smoke Detectors:
Ensure that smoke detectors are installed on each level of the property and outside sleeping areas. Test them regularly to ensure they are functioning correctly.
2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas if your property has fuel-burning appliances or an attached garage.
3. Electrical Safety:
Check for any exposed wiring, faulty outlets, or other electrical hazards. Address these issues promptly to prevent accidents.
4. Heating and Cooling Systems:
Maintain heating and cooling systems in good working order. Regularly service and clean them to ensure tenant comfort and safety.
5. Lead-Based Paint:
If your property was built before 1978, comply with lead-based paint regulations. Provide tenants with the required disclosure information and keep records.
Ensure that plumbing systems are leak-free and functional. Promptly address any plumbing issues reported by tenants.
7. Building Codes:
Familiarize yourself with local building codes and ensure your property complies with them. Obtain necessary permits for renovations or repairs.
8. Rental Agreements:
Draft comprehensive rental agreements that clearly outline tenant rights and responsibilities, including rent payment schedules and maintenance procedures.
9. Tenant Rights:
Respect and uphold the rights of your tenants, including their right to privacy, a safe living environment, and timely repairs.
10. Fair Housing Laws:
Comply with federal and state fair housing laws, which prohibit discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.