Tips for Taking Care of Your Rental

Whether it’s your first rental or you’re an experienced renter, follow these tips to ensure your new home is well-taken care of, and that you get your security deposit back when the time comes! Taking care of your rental property involves a combination of responsibilities to ensure a harmonious relationship with your landlord or property management and to maintain a comfortable living environment.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Rental

Basic Maintenance

Inform your landlord or property management about any maintenance issues in your rental as soon as they arise. Timely reporting can prevent problems from escalating and help maintain the property's condition. Regularly doing your own inspections (and simply keeping an eye on things) can help prevent more extensive damage in the long run. Landlords are typically responsible for the majority of property maintenance and tenants are typically responsible for the basic day-to-day care tasks.


Clean regularly! Make sure the bathroom is well-ventilated so that mold and mildew don’t have the chance to grow. It’s important to know the difference between the two. If you suspect you have mold, contact your landlord immediately. Avoid flushing items that could clog the toilet or pouring grease down the drain. If your property has an outdoor space like a balcony, garden, or backyard, make sure you water plants regularly and keep the greenery well-maintained. Avoid leaving clutter outside.


This probably goes without saying, but ensure all doors and windows are locked when you are not at home. Keep a spare key well-hidden or safely with a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member. Make sure you know what the policy is for locking yourself out, too.

Fire Safety

Test smoke alarms regularly and have a fire extinguisher handy. Be cautious with candles or space heaters, and don’t overload electrical outlets. Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home as well.

Adherence to Lease Terms

Read and understand your lease agreement. Abide by terms related to pets, subletting, and property modifications to avoid conflicts with your landlord. Starting with the lease agreement, it is beneficial for all parties to make sure that all tenant/landlord communication is in writing. If you’re planning to paint or otherwise add personality to the property, make sure that you are adhering to the rules you have agreed upon. There are plenty of renter-friendly options to explore when decorating!

Properly caring for your rental not only ensures that you enjoy a comfortable living space but also maintains a positive relationship with your landlord and neighbors.

For more tips for renters, please see our other blog posts.