Habitability concerns are huge for investors and landlords in San Jose. Even before we get into the legal issues surrounding habitability, you need to understand that properly maintaining your home is good for protecting the condition of your investment. If you leave even small repairs for later, you can end up with much larger problems that are more expensive and more complex.
Today, we’re discussing how you can keep your rental property compliant with California’s habitability requirements.
Typical Habitability Issues in Rental Homes
As professional San Jose property managers, we see several common habitability issues pop up in the properties we manage every day. When your tenant reports a maintenance need involving one of these systems and functions, you need to give it your property attention. The most common problems include:
- Water heater leaks
- Heater and furnace issues
- Toilets that run or don’t flush
- Stoves and appliances that don’t work
- Electrical issues throughout the home
- Broken windows
- Front door locks not working
Repairing Problems Promptly and Attentively
These are all examples of major habitability issues that need to be taken care of right away. Tenants will expect an immediate response, and if they don’t get one, they’re going to be understandably upset.
At REC Rentals, our team responds well within the 72-hour requirement. When you’re an owner who is managing all alone, you need to handle these things immediately or you’ll find yourself in violation of the law. A tenant cannot live in your property in the middle of winter without heat. Hot water is an absolute necessity as well. Don’t put off the repairs that directly impact the habitability of your home and the safety of your tenant.
Professional San Jose Property Management
Hire a professional property management company if you really want to protect yourself, your tenants, and your property. A good management company will worry about habitability issues for you, and you won’t have to worry that you’re not making repairs in the legally required amount of time.
We know that you don’t do property management full time, so it’s hard to make these maintenance issues a priority. We can respond right away and put our relationships with high quality vendors to work for you. We have the time and resources to maintain your property to legal standards.
We care about your property and we care about your tenants. We’re responsive to all maintenance and repair requests that come in, and we’re especially urgent in our responses when there’s a habitability issue at your home. As soon as we hear from the tenant, we do everything we can to take care of the problem. We’ll discuss potential expenses with you, and keep you updated on how things are going.
Our fast action and attention to habitability issues have helped many of our owners keep their tenants happy and their properties well-maintained.
If you have any additional questions about how to meet the state’s habitability standards or how we respond to maintenance needs, please feel free to contact us at Real Estate Connections. We’d love to tell you more.