Category Archives: Home Maintenance

What Are Your Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities?

Texas law stipulates specific maintenance responsibilities of landlord and tenants so that in case something breaks in the units, both parties know their obligations. In this post, we look at maintenance responsibilities in Texas rentals for tenants. So, exactly what are your tenant maintenance responsibilities?

Landlords are required to specify in the lease the specific responsibilities and expectation of tenants regarding the property.  Tenants need to read and understand the lease agreement fully before they occupy the rental unit.

Generally, it’s landlord’s responsibility to make repairs or remedy a specific condition notified by a tenant to the landlord, if the tenant is current on their rent. This duty of repair does not apply if the conditions are caused by the tenant or a member of the tenant’s family.What Are Your Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities?

A general statement of Lease Agreement stipulates that “Tenant shall not destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the Premises or surrounding property, nor permit any person under Tenant’s direction or control to do so.”

Specific tenant responsibilities to be included in the Lease Agreement include:

  • Comply with all obligations imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions of all municipal, county and state codes, statutes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Be responsible for cleaning and routine maintenance
  • Keep the Premises clean, sanitary, and in good condition.
  • Notify landlord immediately of any defects, maintenance issues, or dangerous conditions of which tenant becomes aware.
  • Dispose promptly of all rubbish, garbage, and other waste
  • Properly use and operate any electrical, gas and plumbing fixtures, and keep them safe as clean and sanitary as their conditions permit.

Many problems between tenants and landlords occur because the lease agreement has been breached or either party is unaware of his/her rights under the law. As a result, the maintenance responsibility section of the lease agreement is critical to avoid these problems while protecting both the landlord and the tenant.

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Houston: Water Heater Maintenance – Clean Your Air Filter

Water heater maintenance is fairly straightforward, and many property owners in Houston know how to do the basics, such as flushing the tank twice per year, checking the anode rod, and other aspects. However, many property owners either do not know about or forget about the air filter, which is often a black mesh ring circling the bottom of your water heater. This air filter helps keep dust and other grime from getting into your heater’s heating system. However, dust will build up on this filter, and this reduces the air flow to your heater, creating a less efficient heater since your heater requires air to ‘breathe’. You should clean the filter each time you flush your tank. Cleaning your filter only takes a few minutes and requires no special tools. Follow these steps:Water Heater Maintenance

Turn Off Gas/Pilot Light

You do not want any dust flowing up into your heater while you are cleaning, so shut off the gas flow first.

Remove Filter

The filter is kept in place with a simple catching mechanism. Find the catch mechanism, undo, and remove from your heater’s bottom.


To clean your filter, you can use compressed air to blow away the excess dust. If you don’t have an air compressor, then lay out your filter on the ground, and then spray with water until the dust is removed.


If you use water to clean your filter, then hang your filter to dry, or wipe down with a cloth.

Put Filter Back in Place

Once your filter is dry, replace underneath your water filter by stretching around the bottom, and then using the grasp mechanism to secure. Check on all sides to ensure that your filter is sitting properly and without any gaps to allow dust through.

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