The responsibilities of the landlord and tenant may vary based on your rental or lease agreement and the type of rental unit. The landlord's responsibilities will depend on the type of rental unit.

  1. Landlord Responsibilities
  2. Tenant Responsibilities

The landlord's obligations may be altered or modified in writing when renting a single-family dwelling or duplex.  

Complying to Codes

For a single-family home or duplex, the landlord shall comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing, and health codes.

Maintenance of Premises

Structural Maintenance

Landlords must maintain the plumbing in reasonably good working condition and must also maintain the:

  • Exterior Walls
  • Floors
  • Foundations
  • Porches
  • Roof
  • Screens
  • Steps
  • Windows
  • All Other Structural Components

These items must be kept in good repair and capable of resisting normal forces and loads. 

Incidental Maintenance

The landlord will also make reasonable provisions for:

  • Clean and safe conditions of common areas
  • Extermination of pests including:
    • Ants
    • Bed Bugs
    • Mice
    • Rats
    • Wood-Destroying Organisms
  • Functioning facilities for running water
  • Garbage disposal facilities and outside receptacles
  • Heat during winter
  • Hot water
  • Locks and keys


Landlords are not obligated to pay for utilities, water, fuel, or garbage removal, although they may choose to do so.