What are the tenants obligations when you lease a property?
Updated: Nov 3, 2019
Yesterday's post dealt with the landlords obligations when leasing a property. Today we'll focus on the obligations of the tenant. I'm referring back to the 2019 Florida Statutes, Title VI - Civil Practice and Procedure, Chapter 83 - Landlord and Tenant. If you are located in a different state, take a look at yesterday's post for how to locate this information for your specific state. Section 83.52 details the tenant's obligation to maintain the unit they are renting. Here's a summary:
Tenants need to comply with building, housing, and health codes (just like landlords do). This could include not exceeding the maximum occupancy for the dwelling.
Renters need to keep the property they are renting clean and sanitary.
Garbage needs to be removed from the inside of the dwelling and it needs to be placed in the appropriate receptacles.
All plumbing fixtures in the unit or used by the renter need to be kept clean, sanitary, and in repair.
Renters need to use and operate all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and other facilities or appliances in a reasonable manner.
Tenants can't destroy, deface, damage, impair, or remove anything that doesn't belong to them from the premises. They cannot permit anyone else to do these things either.
Renters and their guests cannot disturb the neighbors or breach the peace.
There may be additional obligations for tenants that are stated in the lease. This might include things like changing HVAC filters regularly, being responsible for changing light bulbs as needed, providing their own water treatment system/device if needed, and maintaining the grounds of the property (although some owners like to include lawn care as part of the lease).
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