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SFlandlord

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Was wondering if most of you LL's will do basic stuff for the tenants, like: changing lighbulbs?
I cant' think of anything else at this point, but small/basic stuff like that?
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Nope.  Normally the only bulbs I change are those that are way too high to expect a tenant to reasonably change them. Otherwise, they are the tenant's responsibility.  Too many places to be changing their bulbs, smoke detector batteries, furnace filters, etc.  That said, I may make an exception for an elderly or disabled tenant who can't handle the basic maintenance.

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Thanks, OHLL!
Do you know if these things are covered in the Nolo book? I am waiting for their kindle edition as I don't like paperback


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Most state laws list the types of maintenance/repairs that LLs are responsible for.  They usually are listed under a title such as LL Responsibilities or LL Duties.  These include things like providing reasonable amounts of hot water, septic or sewage systems, heat to a certain degree, ability to have water and other utilities, need to maintain structural integrity of the premises, and maintaining any appliances provided. 

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Oh wow, thanks again. Wish I could get a copy of your knowledge in my brain
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SFLandlord, the only thing I could add to OHLandlord's wisdom is if you wanted an excuse to see the property.  Sometimes offering to change a light bulb or replace a smoke detector battery allows you the inviting opportunity to inspect without "inspecting".  But that said you need to be careful you aren't taken advantage of afterward.
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If you start changing light bulbs or smoke detector batteries, they will expect you to do it every time.  Better to make an appointment to do routine maintenance like oiling the blower motor, drain sediment out of the water heater, or testing the shut off valves or GFCIs.  They won't ask you to do these things.
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OHlandlord you are sharp. Excellent advice.  Speaking of water heaters - what are your thoughts on tankless heaters?

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Love them.  As long as you have the electric necessary or the gas available.  You never run out of hot water.  Would love to have one at my home, but we don't have natural gas (in the country), we don't use propane here (oil heat), and I don't have the electric capacity to install an electric one.  They use quite a bit of electric and I already have 9 roooms 2 baths and a garage on my system.  I'd have to drop another 200 amp line into the house.  Maybe someday...
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Do they work well in cold climates?  I live in WI and I was told that in the winter, they can't heat the water as fast because it's colder.  Others have told me it works just fine.
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I am told that they do not work as well in cold climates.
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In Central PA - they have saved me approximately $20-30/month on my personal home natural gas bill but I am using more water. I have to run the tap longer to get hot water.  Not sure the trade-off was worth it.
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I just received an email from my "handyman" for one of our places. The facia needs replacing in the front. It has rotted due to the leaves building up in the crook where two parts of the roof meet. My question is, are the tenants responsible to remove the leaves from the roof? I am in Georgia and can't seem to find anything on this, but I would think that this is a basic maintenance responsibility of the tenant, given they are physically capable of doing it.

Also, they seem to be tearing up the place (I'm not in country right now, so I can't go look). My handyman has emailed pictures of damage ie. the screen door handle is constantly being ripped out of the door and falling on the tile, busting it up. It was a brand new door when we rented to them 1.5 years ago. They called me about the ceiling fan blades that are broken as well. The fan blades, I told them, was on them because they don't just break. They also broke the basket strainer in the kitchen sink by throwing something under the sink and breaking the plumbing, NOT normal wear and tear. The damn thing is stainless steel!! How do you break that without unreasonable force?


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