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Moving Tips: Understand the duties of your landlord

Some apartment fixes will be your responsibility, while others will be your landlord's.

Some apartment fixes will be your responsibility, while others will be your landlord's.

If you are moving into a new apartment, you may notice some issues when you arrive, or after you've already settled. Instead of packing up again and leaving due to a problem, there are some items that your landlord can deal with to make your living arrangements easier. However, keep in mind that a lot may be up to you.

What your landlord's responsibilities are

When running apartments, it is the landlord's job to make sure the conditions are tolerable and livable. Specifically, the landlord needs to take care of any major issues that prevent you from living comfortably. Each state may be different, but this can include fixing toilets and showers providing heat, ensuring that there no mold issues and dealing with broken lights.

Appliance problems would fall under the landlord's responsibilities if they provided the items for you. So, unless you brought your own refrigerator, you will be able to contact your landlord to rectify problems with it.

Protect yourself when living in an apartment

You need to be aware that the items you brought into your apartment are your responsibility. This can be annoying, but it is important to be aware that if something of yours breaks, it is up to you to replace it. This is a good reason to acquire renter's insurance. In case of a major issue, you will likely be covered to get a new item, or something like it. Not only will you have the peace of mind that any potential issues will be covered, but you will be prepared in case of something that is out of your control.

Bugs and other pest issues are also an issue you will likely experience, and can be one of the pains of living in an apartment. If you have an issue, report it to your landlord, but there is a chance your may have to take care of it yourself. In the event that you have to do it, make sure to know where your problem's source is so you can take care of it properly.

With this information in mind, it is important to know ahead of time what issues will be your problem and what your landlord will take care of. When first meeting them, or even at lease signing time, ask any questions you have to be sure what will occur in an emergency.