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The Renter’s Responsibility Regarding Damages to Appliances

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For many individuals, renting a dwelling is a much better lifestyle option than actually owning the property. After all, when you become a tenant in someone else’s property, you are not responsible for things like property taxes and major repairs around the home. However, if you’ve been a renter before, you understand that at the end of the lease, the property owner expects the property to be in the same condition as it was on the first day of the lease (void, of course, of normal wear and tear).

While reviewing the fine print of the lease agreement will often outline what the expectations are, for rental property that comes equipped with appliances, the expectations regarding appliance upkeep is often not nearly as well-defined.

Sarah Katz writes the Renter Mentor column on Apartments.com. Although landlord and tenant rights vary from one state to the next, she offers the following standard guidelines.

  • Habitable: Nearly every law governing the landlord/tenant relationship mandates that the landlord keep the property habitable (or fit to live in). This includes maintaining things like electricity, plumbing and sanitation; however, appliances like dishwashers, washer/dryers and even refrigerators are not generally considered essential.
  • Terms and Conditions: Reading the fine print is important, because these are the expectations you’ll be held to over the course of the lease.
  • Responsible for Damages: Damages that go beyond normal wear and tear are not the responsibility of the tenant. Even if the damage occurs as a result of your children, pets or even a guest, in most instances, you’ll have to pick up the repair tab.

Renters insurance offers renters an added layer of protection and peace of mind, because the property and appliances you bring into a dwelling can be insured against damage, theft or other losses. Many renters underestimate the importance of having renters insurance, but major damage to your rental unit can happen in an instant, and replacing expensive electronics, furniture, appliances and art can add up quickly.

Maurice Taylor Insurance has been serving the needs of individuals and families in the Greater Los Angeles area for more than two decades. Whether you need renters, homeowners, auto, business or medical insurance, our experienced professionals can analyze your family’s insurance needs and will provide a no-obligation quote. Call today to experience the Maurice Taylor difference! 

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