Tenant Maintenance Tips
Often, there are simple remedies to your maintenance concerns
Please review the tips listed below before requesting service
If the air conditioner does not workCheck ALL circuit breakers. Often during hot weather or if a circuit breaker overloads, it will trip off the circuit breaker. A tripped circuit breaker is often difficult to see, and it could appear that it is not tripped. Therefore, you must turn the breaker all the way off and then turn the breaker all the way on. If you do not turn the circuit breaker all the way off, it does not reset itself to correct the problem.
If the electricity does not work in part of the houseCheck for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) outlets, which are usually located in the garage, patio, kitchen, or the bathroom. Reset tripped GFCI outlets by pushing the small button in the middle of the outlet. Check the circuit breakers to see if any have been tripped.
If the circuit breakers continually keep going offCheck to see if too many appliances running at the same time (irons, microwave, toaster, curling iron, computers, printer, blow dryers, etc.) are causing an overload.
If the smoke alarm or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm does not work, check the followingFirst, replace the batteries. Tenants are responsible for the replacement of batteries. If a new battery does not work, submit a maintenance request. It is important to replace batteries and NOT disconnect the smoke alarm or CO alarm. Normally the alarm will emit a beeping sound when the batteries are not working or losing their charge. Test your smoke and CO alarms every thirty days. If the alarm is not working after replacing the batteries, submit a maintenance request immediately. Do Not disconnect or remove a smoke or CO alarm.
Tenant Responsibilities for Routine Maintenance
Plumbing blockages. The only items safe to put down the drains of the property are human waste and toilet paper. The following items are prohibited: paper towels, grease, tampons, sanitary napkins, food, condoms, paint, toys, and litter from pet waste. While Landlord is responsible to repair the plumbing systems when they wear out or break in the course of normal use, Tenant is responsible for repairs that are caused by Tenant's negligence. If Tenant puts any item down the drain other than human waste and toilet paper and causes a plumbing blockage, the resulting plumbing bill shall be paid by Tenant as additional rent upon notice by Landlord
Garbage disposal. Tenant will be charged the vendor fee for unblocking a garbage disposal if any of the following are found to have blocked the garbage disposal: bones, banana peels, corn husks, pasta, cornmeal, stringy vegetables, “twister” seals, screws, nails, cigarette butts, flower clippings, toys, coins, grease, shellfish shells, celery, onion skins, potato peels, rice, meat fats, artichokes, bottle caps, rubber bands, string, popcorn kernels, egg shells, coffee grounds, glass, utensils, fruit pits, washcloths, or sponges. If you cannot chew it, do not put it in the garbage disposal.
Light bulbs. It is the tenant’s responsibility to replace all light bulbs.
Water filtration systems. If the home is furnished with a water filtration system, Tenant is responsible for changing any water filters and for purchasing new filters.If the refrigerator includes a water filtration system, Tenant is responsible for changing water filters and for purchasing new filters.
Properly dispose of the following:
- Toxic waste such as oil, antifreeze, batteries, and solvents
- Place garbage in the proper receptacles provided and in accordance with city and/or county rules
- Christmas trees
Properly dispose of the following:
- Hang lights and decorations properly and carefully.
- Before hanging, check for bad plugs and loose wires. If you find defects, dispose of the lights.
- Only use lights and decorations during holiday seasons; remove them immediately when the season ends and review HOA Rules and Regulations prior to decorating for the holidays.