“Structure And Exterior Repairs Responsibilities For A House For Lease” written by Mike Marko.
So who is responsible for the exterior of a house for lease?
Repair responsibilities for a house for lease are separated between its structure and exterior parts. Being familiar with the different parts of the structure and exterior of the house will help you to better inspect those areas regularly. The right inspection and maintenance will prevent the parts of the structure and exterior from being greatly damaged.
Inspections should be done on a regular schedule so that you can avoid significant damage to your house for lease.
To help you out, today I want to talk about the structural and exterior repair responsibilities for a house for lease in greater depth.
Exterior Parts That Landlords Need To Maintain In A House For Lease
As a residential property manager you will often times have single or multi-family houses to rent to tenants. Knowing how to maintain the structure and exterior of a house for lease requires that landlords should know about the different parts of the house that you need to regularly check.
The different parts of the exterior and structure of your rental houses that will need regular inspection start from the roof, the external walls and foundation, doors and windows, and the gutters.
When making a house available for rent the first area you should inspect is the roof or have a professional roofing company do a roof inspection to determine any possible damages or replacement needed.
When inspecting a roof as a property manager you should always remember that it’s important to make sure that the roof is watertight. Leaking roofs can easily bring great damage or can completely destroy the entire house for lease. A small leak in the roof can start many problems in the property including mold, water rot, and other damages.
When checking for the condition of the roof you should see to it that the roof tiles or other roofing materials properly fit. Anything loose, broken, or missing can result in water through the insulation thus causing large amounts of damages and incurring large costs to fix. You should also check if the roof has any deformations. If there is any, the supports and joists should be urgently checked for problems. You should highly prioritize fixing the weak supports and joists to avoid a possible collapse.
Simply by doing a full inspection of the roof or hiring a roofing company to do the inspection for you can help to avoid unnecessary damages and costs to the houses for rent.
Identify Potential Leaks
After the rental house is occupied you need to continue to be diligent on locating and identifying leaks and/or roof damages. Leaks in roofs or down walls can be obviously seen by tenants and can bring negative image on the property. An indication that there are long term or ongoing leaks happening at the rental house can normally be identified when there is yellow to dark brown colored patches on the ceiling, walls, as well as mold smell or presence of mold and stale air.
Insure for Damages
Prior to taking on a house for rent it is highly recommended to make sure that the house and roof is properly insured for damages. Do do this you will have to have the Insurance company inspect the roof and structure and pay any deductibles to fix any damages.
To ensure overall roof stability it is highly recommended that when you are securing property insurance that a complete roof inspection is done for insurance purposes as well as peace of mind…
External Walls And Foundation
When evaluating or taking on a house for lease the next area of concern to evaluate is the external walls of a house for lease. As property manager you need to ensure that the house you will be renting is habitable and part of that is responsibility is to maintain and prevent water from going through external walls and foundation for the house.
Hire An Inspector
We would highly recommend that you hire a building or house inspector to do a full evaluation of the house that includes the foundation and exterior walls for the house for lease. This way you will be able to identify and fix any problems prior to taking over the property for rental.
However when doing an inspection on the walls you should first look for any water damage to the external walls and the foundation. Normally this type of damage is hard to identify and is not quickly noticeable. Most of the time this damage can occur over long periods of time and cause molds or extreme damage to the property.
The best way to identify problems with external walls and foundations is to have a building or real estate inspector come out to do an evaluation or complete inspection of the property. There are many local companies that can do the house inspections you might ask fellow property managers or real estate agents in your area for referral to the most reliable and best priced company.
Doing The Inspection Yourself
When doing a walls and foundation inspection on your own you need to look to find black molds and discoloration of the interior then that is a sure sign that water is going through the external walls. Upon seeing the signs of damage to the external walls you should immediately check for the faulty areas such as the roof, gutters, or even an internal plumbing problem.
Conduct The Repairs
As much as possible, you should resolve the problem using your maintenance company for the property to see if the problem is a minor leak or if you need an expert company to come in to do the repairs.
You should also handle obvious facial or noticeable wall damages like cracks and holes as soon as possible. Cracked walls indicate that there are problems with the foundation or the soil underneath. It can also be caused by bad guttering and nearby trees that cause parts of the wall to subside and damage its integrity. Bad guttering also affects the joints between the given wall and the rest of the structure. If a house is not properly built, walls can bulge or bow over time and this effect can be noticeable through the doors and windows. Irregular walls inflict pressure on the window or door frame and cause them to not close and open properly.If floor and ceiling joist have rotten, walls can come loose from the other structure, that can also cause leaning and bowing.
A newly built extension can also be a reason for a leaning wall. Walls that are not strong enough to support an expansion can start to deform over time. If this happens, the construction firm that built the house has failed to thoroughly research if the structure can take additional weight.
Structural problems involving walls and foundations are difficult and costly to repair. Inspecting the external walls and foundation of the house for lease on a regular monthly basis will help prevent having this kind of problems to occur.
Doors And Windows
Another important part of the structure of a house for lease that is needed to be checked is the doors and windows. The law requires every landlord to make sure that the property is weatherproof from both wind and rain. If a property is not properly weatherproof, it will be drafty during the winter months, becoming the main reason why the heating bill is so high.
Part of the responsibilities of every landlord or property manager is to make sure that all external windows and doors are damp and draught proof. You can weatherproof a window by applying inexpensive drought proof strips.
You should also make sure that the window and door glasses are fixated well in their respected frames. When you see or notice any movement of the glass, this just means that there are drought and damp problems in the windows and door glasses.
Severe issues of drought and damp problems will result to the room that could still get too cold even if heating is on. If this is the case, this will not be comfortable for the tenants that are living in the property.
If you see any black mold along the sealant, this just means that there is a drought and damp problem. It also indicates that moisture is somehow passing through in between the windows and the wall.
If you notice that your heating bill is getting too high during cold seasons, maybe it’s already time to check whether your doors and windows are still weatherproofed by these draught proof strips.
During the rainy season or during periods of heavy rain, it’s important for the property manager to check the gutters of a house for lease. A gutter can save or break a property when there are heavy rains for a longer period of time.
Faulty, loose or blocked gutter can splash huge amounts of water along the exterior walls. When this happens, it can bring severe damage to those areas over time. A loose gutter is much more inexpensive to repair than repairing external walls and internal walls.
So if you notice a loose gutter, fix it right away. This will help prevent severe damage to other areas of the house for lease structure.
You should also have a habit of regularly checking the gutters. That way you can fix minor issues at your convenience instead of having to fix loose gutters in the middle of a heavy rain.
Tenants’ Responsibilities To Structural And Exterior Repairs
Even if it’s your responsibility to regularly monitor the house for lease, it’s also helpful to ask the tenant’s cooperation in maintaining and especially monitoring the condition of the structure and exterior of the unit.
Tenants Monitoring Home
As a tenant, let them know that they should also be responsible for monitoring every area of the house for lease. If they see any issues, especially major issues, tell them to notify you about it so you can take immediate action. They should also report the problems as soon as they happen. Being able to resolve the issues sooner will help prevent worsening the condition of the house for lease.
Tenant Caused Damage
If in any case the tenants caused damage to the exterior of the building, require them to take photos and send them to you in an email or letter. They should include the date when the incident happened. Require the tenant to take necessary steps in repairing the damage that they caused or replace it.
If you have preferred tradesmen or companies, recommend them to the tenant so they can work with each other in fixing the damage.
Final Thoughts On Structure And Exterior Repairs On A House For Lease
In this blog post we talked about the structural and exterior repair responsibilities for a house for lease in great depth. As a landlord or property manager, it’s your responsibility to keep the house for lease in its best condition. To do this, you should have the habit of regularly monitoring every part of the structure and exterior of the house. This includes checking the roof, foundations and external walls, doors and windows, and gutters.
To help you monitor the condition of the house for lease, it would also be a good idea if the tenants will also be responsible for monitoring every part of the structure and exterior of the house. When they noticed minor issues, especially those that may result to major issues in the house, have them notify you right away so that immediate action can be taken.
Then keep up with that preventative maintenance.
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