If you own rental properties in California, you know that there are strict
guidelines that landlords must follow. You also probably know that there
is a lot of misinformation out there, particularly when it comes to the
features and amenities landlords are required to provide. One hot subject
among tenants and landlords in California is
window treatments, especially in warm and sunny San Jose. To help clear the air, here is
a look at your responsibility as a landlord regarding window treatments.
The Letter of the Law
While landlords generally provide window coverings in the form of blinds
or drapes for windows in rental properties,
the law does not require that landlords provide such treatments. The only thing required of landlords pertaining to windows is that they
provide tenants with unbroken window panes and intact window screens for
each window in the rental property. In other words, anything that goes
above and beyond adequate protection from the elements is an act of kindness
on the landlord's part. If you do decide to provide window treatments
for your tenants, be sure to include a clause in the lease that prohibits
any alteration to the rental property without your permission.
While California's habitability laws do not require landlords to install
or pay for window treatments in rental properties, there are some advantages
to doing so anyways. For starters, window treatments will protect wood
and carpet floors from becoming sun-bleached over time. Window coverings
will also provide additional security, which will keep tenants safe and
reduce the chances that the property is vandalized during periods of vacancy.
Window treatments can also make your rental properties more appealing
to potential tenants.
Whether you own a single rental property or an entire apartment complex,
you can find affordable and stylish window treatments by working with
Building Contractors of San Jose.