They say that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. I think it’s safe to add a third item to that list: Property repairs for landlords. If you own a rental home, at some point you will have to repair, replace or perform some other time of maintenance on your property. But, don’t worry! You read the Central Florida Property Management blog and are thus more educated on the in-and-out aspects of managing rental property than the typical rental owner.
I would be irresponsible to go without saying that the State of Florida has a whole set of laws governing landlord/tenant relations , some that deal with maintenance and repairs of occupied rental property. Violation of these laws can result in serious fines, loss of license if applicable and even possible jail time. Make sure you are up to speed on the law of the land or hire someone who is, like us!
With that said, here are some simple rules to help keep your maintenance and repair headaches to a minimum:
– Have the phone number of an excellent contractor/handyman. Better yet, have 2 or 3. This will often be the first person you call when issues arise. They should be a jack-of-all-trades and should be able to coordinate and prioritize the work to be done with minimal direction from you. Make sure to check references and that they are licensed and insured before hiring anyone. You may also want to consider a background check. The main point of this is to be PREPARED for issues to arise, and not be scrambling to find someone after something has already happened.