Is a landlord obligated to provide window coverings, such as drapes, shades, or blinds, for a single-family rental? The answer is no, you are not required to include window treatments in your rental property. However, there are some good reasons why you should.
Here are a few quick suggestions to consider:
- Window treatment can attract higher-quality residents. New renters often want the fastest and easiest move-in process, which doesn’t include shopping for shades or blinds of the correct size for a new residence.
- Your Home Owners Association (or neighbors) may have a problem with your renter’s idea of window coverings. Less-than-appropriate window treatments include hanging old sheets or flags in the windows.
- Dealing with rods or shades installed by your previous tenant can slow down your preparation for the next tenant.
- If you install blinds or shades in your rental property, be sure to check and maintain everything regularly to avoid large problems in the future.
- Make it clear in your rental agreement what window coverings have been provided and what measures you and the tenants will take to keep your property in good condition.
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