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Maintenance is a necessary part of owning rental property. Too often, frustrated owners blame the tenant for these expenses. Yet no matter how ideal the resident, appliances break, hot water heaters fail, A/C systems need annual maintenance, and plumbing systems need attention. Even if issues arise as soon as the tenant moves in, the resident has usually inherited many years of hidden wear and tear prior to their arrival. Rental propery maintenance services can help you focus on other areas and take some of the stress out of being a Landlord.


On average, you can expect annual maintenance costs to average about 1.5 times the monthly rental rate; more for older homes, less for newer ones. So, if your home rents for $1,000, then you should anticipate spending approximately $1,500 in repairs throughout the tenant’s lease period. But remember, this amount does not include any make-ready costs in between tenants such as:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Painting
  • Repairing damage
  • Vandalism
  • And other costs

Don’t be caught unprepared by maintenance issues, expect them—and budget accordingly.


quire specific documentation, communication and actions that must be taken. The owner must meet all state and federal laws—sometimes laws require what type of technician must complete the repair. Ignorance of tenant/landlord law is not a defense, and many local judges have a zero-tolerance approach to infringements. The average cost of tenant maintenance lawsuits is $500,000 to $1,140,000, depending on your insurance policy. It pays to have an expert on hand to make sure you understand and comply with these laws.

Managing tenant requests is not as simple as taking a call and sending someone to fix it. Property codes generally state what must be fixed by the landlord.

Rental Tenant Satisfaction – Turn Your Tenants Into Lifetime Customers!

In the rental business, the tenant is your customer. Responding to tenant maintenance requests has a direct impact on tenant satisfaction and how long the tenant stays. Plus, when you take care of the property on time, it encourages the tenant to care of it also. This also makes it more likely they will renew their lease for another year. On the other hand, failing to fix repairs quickly leads to tenant resentment and often results in property neglect by the tenant. Once a tenant deems you are a slumlord, they will certainly make plans to move when their lease expires. This will cost you several thousands of dollars in turnover expenses!

Respond Promptly

A warranty of habitability is implied when a tenant and landlord join in a rental agreement. This means that you promise that the property is suitable to live in. Tenants have an expectation that:

  • They will be safe in the unit
  • That water works
  • Plumbing is functioning
  • Heating and cooling works
  • Appliances function well
  • Roofing doesn’t leak
  • And other basic features of the property will function

If a tenant comes home for a shower after a hard day only to discover there is no hot water, they would be upset.

Or if the air conditioning system has quit working and the kids are hot and cranky, it can be very frustrating—you would feel the same way. When such issues are fixed quickly, most tenants will forgive an irritation one time. If it happens often, the owner is slow to respond to requests, or maintenance is denied, the tenant will start planning their departure. Turnover and vacancy expenses are coming your way.

Rental Property Preparation

To get a unit “rent ready” means:

  • All safety and health issues have been addressed
  • The home and carpets have been professionally cleaned
  • All appliances are in good and working condition
  • The yard is landscaped and weed free
  • The interior paint is clean and free of nail holes
  • And the plumbing and electrical are working properly

In most areas, the property must also be rekeyed. The average cost to get a home rent ready in the U.S. is $772, not including the cost of vacancy days. You can easily see why keeping tenants happy to renew their lease saves you money.

When it comes to maintenance, approach your tenants with a sense of fairness. Just think of yourself as a renter, and become the landlord you would like to have. It is as easy as that, and the money you save in lower vacancy rates and tenant care of the property will be well worth the little extra service you provide.


Even if your tenants are content with the maintenance you provide, you can reduce your workload as a landlord. Contact Real Property Management Today for Rental Property Maintenance Services in South Puget Sound, WA.


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