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How Should I Handle Maintenance Issues in my Kansas City Rental Property?
System - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Rental property maintenance is an important part of being a landlord or a property manager. You want to preserve the condition of the property and provide a safe and habitable living space for your tenants. Today, we’re talking about how maintenance in Kansas City works.
Maintenance in Your Lease Agreement
First, you have to have a specific lease agreement that states who is responsible for what. It should say if the renter is responsible for regular daily maintenance of the home, and if the landlord should take care of the mechanical components in the home. There should also be information for your tenants on how to make maintenance requests in Kansas City properties. Make sure you discuss this part of the lease with your tenants before they move in so they understand your expectations and their responsibilities.
A good property management company will send out seasonal reminders to tenants and landlords. For example, removing the exterior hoses from your water spigots in the winter is important. You also want to make sure the air filters are changed regularly and the gutters are checked between seasons.
Types of Vendors
Most property management companies will have an in-house vendor. However, this system has no checks and balances, and you might pay for work you don’t need. Don’t use cut rate vendors because they tend not to carry workers comp coverage or liability insurance. You might be attracted to their inexpensive rates, but their work quality is almost always poor. Third party contractors carry workers comp coverage and insurance. You can also count on getting repairs that are higher quality. Outside contractors also provide you with checks and balances. They are their own separate entity, and they will invoice the property management company. Having visible invoices is important in the property management business.
If you have any questions about how to handle maintenance requests in Kansas City, please contact us at Advantage Homes.
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