Are You Aware of Your General Responsibilities as a Landlord?
The law requires you to provide safe units for your tenants. If there are injuries sustained because of unsafe conditions, you could be legally liable
During a tenancy, owners must maintain the premises in a "habitable" condition. The meaning of the term “habitability” may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but at a minimum you must:
Keep all public areas, such as corridors and stairs, in a safe and clean state.
Ensure that electrical, plumbing, sanitation, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are functioning properly and are properly maintained.
Ensure that tenants receive tap water, hot water, and heat in a reasonable amount of time (for tenants who control heat or in charge of utilities, this is not a landlord’s obligation, except to ensure that the pipeline and HVAC system are in good working order).
Provide garbage containers and arrange to remove garbage.
In some jurisdictions, landlords and tenants may agree that the lessee will be responsible for some or all of these responsibilities. Be sure to check the local laws.