Old Bay Insurance Agency Blog
Whether it's your first apartment or not. Dealing with your landlord to fix anything in your apartment can be at times be a daunting task to some of us.
Whatever you are dealing with, a jammed window, broken locks, plumbing leak or electrical problems, sometimes it is hard to get your landlord to pay attention to your needs. If you are having this kind of trouble, here are some tips you can follow to resolve your repair problems with your landlord.
Examine Your Lease Agreement
Make sure of who is responsible for it. Take out your lease agreement or contract and review the details that pertain to repairs. Not all leases are the same, but it is standard that some structural or appliance problems are at times the landlord’s responsibility. Such as foundation, plumbing or broken heater. Otherwise, small issues like replacing light bulbs fall under the renter’s responsibility.
Refer to your lease agreement and your state’s tenant rights. You need to be informed about what your landlord is required to fix and what you can negotiate with them. Maybe the reason why your landlord won't do the repairs for you is that it isn’t their concern. And, your barking up the wrong tree.
Make Sure That Help Is Necessary
Is the issue something you can’t fix yourself? Make sure that your problem is something you can’t solve on your own. If it’s a small issue and you can deal with it, it might not be worth your landlord’s time. Take the initiative, and go on with the repairs, but make sure that you know what you’re doing. If your DIY would only cause more damage, it is time to ask a professional to do it for you.
Always Be Respectful
Your tenant and landlord relationship are as important as any other. Respect your landlord’s personal space and time. You need to be certain that you are respectful and polite in your communications with your landlord. Don’t be rude or confrontational.
Judge the situation if it needs urgent attention. If it's something that can wait, don’t call in an indecent hour.
Send a written request for repair to your landlord to give them time to process it. Save pictures and create a log of your communications. Proper documentation will serve you more if the issue would lead to court.
It is your responsibility to take better care of your apartment. Make sure that you and your personal belongings have sufficient protection from any damage caused by unforeseen events. Get Renters Insurance from the most reputable source. At Old Bay Insurance Agency, we put our clients first by offering them policies that they can afford. Learn more about our products and services by calling our agency at (410) 777-5390. You can also request for a free quote by CLICKING HERE.