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Misconceptions About Routine Maintenance: -

Many 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!

The 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. 

Paint -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.

Drapes 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.

Windows-Landlords or only responsible for a broken windows when it was not Intentionally broken by the tenant or a guest of the tenant

Broken windows are considered a habitability problem

Keys 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.

Resources for Land Lords: -
Civil & Criminal Nuisance Laws Consumer Protection Offices
Defective Housing Federal Housing Laws
Landlord Entry Law Landlord Retaliation Laws
Landlord State Laws Lead Paint Hazards
Lease Termination by State Routine Maintenance
State Appraisal Boards State Fair Housing Agencies
Security Deposit Deadlines . .

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