The landlord needs to make sure that the property is as clean as possible before the tenant moves in. Although the tenancy contract states that the previous owners must get the full painting and cleaning job done prior to moving out, but it is down to the landlord to ensure the property is in perfect condition before the new tenant moves in.
All maintenance jobs that go above DH500 are the responsibility of the landlord. When it is required, landlords are responsible for major repairs such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and air-conditioning. On the other hand, maintenance costs for small wear and tear, as well as any damages caused by the tenant’s misuse, should be paid for by the tenant.
Upon signing of the property contract, the tenant has to pay a security deposit to the landlord. This is the renter’s security deposit, which the landlord will retain and protect for the length of the tenancy agreement. It is meant to cover any lack of payments or damages incurred by the tenants. It is the responsibility of the landlord to return the full deposit to the tenant as the tenancy contract comes to an end as long as the property is in satisfactory condition as stated in the contract.
It is vital for the landlord to maintain a clear line of communication with his/her tenant. This is required in order to make sure that the tenant doesn’t have to struggle to get a hold of the landlord in case of an emergency, or when getting maintenance work done that the landlord might object to later on.
The property being rented out should have a safe environment. Landlords must make sure that all windows and doors lock properly, and the property must have fire alarms installed.
All of the above are obligations that must be fulfilled by landlords before, when and after renting out their property. Not following through on these responsibilities can lead to harsh consequences.