As a landlord, it’s crucial to understand who is responsible for any damages to your property. It’s also your responsibility to make tenants aware of their obligations when it comes to not only maintaining the property but also avoiding damage. While it’s important to understand the legalities, having a property manager can help reduce stress and ensure proper procedures are followed.
A landlord’s responsibilities:
Here in New Zealand, landlords must ensure their rental property meets the requirements of the healthy homes standards and is fit for tenants. Damages must be repaired promptly and the property is safe and secure. They are also responsible for insuring the property against loss or damage.
If damages have been caused by the tenant due to intentional or careless behaviour, the landlord may be able to claim the cost of the damage from the tenant. It’s important to note that landlords can not take this money from the bond without the tenants’ consent and any disputes can be resolved through the tenancy tribunal.
A tenant’s responsibilities:
Tenants are responsible for keeping the property clean and tidy, as well as treating it like their own. They are also responsible for reporting any damage or issues to the landlord or property manager and not causing damage to the property.
How we can help
One of the benefits of having a property manager is we can take the responsibility of managing the property. We ensure it is well maintained and any issues are resolved. We also take care of the tasks like advertising for new tenants, collecting rent, conducting inspections and handling any repairs that need to be done.
Although the responsibility for property damage is dependent on the situation, having a property manager can ensure proper procedures are followed. At Angel Property Managers, our priority is to provide our landlords with peace of mind knowing their property is in good hands.