Skip to content Sitemap

Keeping the Property Habitable

A landlord is expected to maintain the rental property so that it is habitable. What it means is that issues such as heating and plumbing need to be taken care of right away, preferably within 24 hours of the tenant reporting it. Other problems can take a little more time, but any problem that may cause the apartment to be less than habitable is going to be an issue.
Keeping the property habitable also means that the place is structurally sound and has adequate water and electricity. Smoke detectors need to be correctly installed, and the ventilation needs to be good. Some other things involve the local building codes. A landlord’s refusal to provide proper maintenance can result in a violation of building code. Consequences can include sizable fines.
The landlord must know what to do so that rental property is maintained as habitable. It isn’t easy to stay abreast of the required repair work because building codes are going to change. Also, it is possible the tenant may have caused the damage. If a person owns several rental units, it makes the job even more challenging. The difficulties a landlord may encounter are reasons why having a property management company in San Diego handle maintenance repair is an excellent idea.
Experience Helps
Property management companies have a commitment to their clients. Maintenance repair is all part of the service package. A good property manager tends to any emergency repair as soon as possible. Tenants should not have to contact repair people, and the property management company will take care of that. The owner is not involved in any of this. He or she is spared the frantic call in the middle the night. Alta Vista Properties is one of the best property management companies in San Diego. We have a well-deserved reputation for superior service.
We Can Handle Emergencies
A telephone call in the early morning hours will come from a resident who needs help right away. We have a 24-hour emergency line to handle these situations. We also have an online system a tenant can use to report maintenance issue. Alta Vista Properties knows how important habitable issues can be, and we maintain a database of ethical repair professionals. These people will reach out to the tenant, let that person know when they will be arriving, and see to it the problem is fixed quickly. Landlords will get billing only for service actually performed and nothing else.
Situations do arise where the tenant has caused the damage. It requires sensitive handling so that the situation does not erupt into a major crisis. We have been providing service in the San Diego Metropolitan Area for over 30 years. We can deal with these types of problems.
The San Diego Metropolitan area covers a wide territory with some smaller towns and municipalities. Each has its building codes and maintenance requirements. Alta Vista Properties stay current with these building rules. We alert our clients to any changes in the regulations and make recommendations on necessary changes. Our vigilance allows a landlord to concentrate on more important things. The owner of a rental property who uses our services can get a good night sleep and need not worry about maintenance problems.

Making certain that property is habitable that maintenance is regularly done is just one of the benefits we provide to our clients. Alta Vista Properties is a member the Better Business Bureau and maintains high standards of ethics. Please do inquire at any time about our property management services. We can be reached at 858-274-3600 or by email at We look forward to hearing from you.

Posted by: jackie on March 6, 2017
Posted in: Utilities