Landlords and tenants are under the impression, that every
time a dwelling be comes vacant, or a certain number of years
have went by, the landlord must supply a new paint job or
clean drapes and carpets or some other kind of renovation.
Well, guess what!
law almost never mandates cosmetic changes-even badly need
ones. Of course of the landlord doesn't spruce it up
every now and then it will be hard to keep good tenants. But
that's the market , not a legal issue.
-There is no state's law that requires landlords to repaint
the inside of a unit every so often. (Rarely are there local
ordinances that may impose minimal re-painting obligations.)
Unless the paint creates a habitability problem- for example
if the windows are painted shut, or flaking lead -base poses
obvious health risk.
and Carpets- The landlord is not legally required
to replace drapes or carpets unless they pose a health hazard.
If the carpets and drapes are not mildewy and damp or carpets
have holes that would cause a person to trip. The landlord
has not broken any law.
or only responsible for a broken windows when it was not Intentionally
broken by the tenant or a guest of the tenant
windows are considered a habitability problem
and Locks-In many areas of the country, landlords or not
legally required to change the locks for new tenants. (The
exceptions are Texas and many cities.) However if a tenant
puts in writing that they are worried about renting a unit
that has not been re-keyed. and the tenant is burglarized
or attacked by someone using an old key, the landlord has
the chance to bed held liable in a lawsuit.