Maintenance of a Property
The Madrid Housing Information Office has produced a report that contains tips for maintaining a home, however we believe that it falls short. Most of our owners have students and executives as tenants and have LAU leases or seasonal contracts, however all should know about the maintenance of a property.
Sometimes we get negative comments from landlords, especially for maintenance issues in a rental home.
However, this guide is for owners, but especially for tenants with the intention of helping to create and maintain a good relationship between the parties. It is not a headache or anything very complicated, in fact many things can be solved using a little common sense, but sometimes even the most logical things can be missed.
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Advice prior to the rental contract
1. If you are a tenant, investigate on social networks if this owner, whether an individual or company, had problems with other housing tenants, try to filter and eliminate unethical and problematic landlords or use a specialized agency that filters or eliminates to the most problematic owners.
2. If you also share, make sure that the rental contract includes the details of all the people who rent the apartment, including telephone and email, both the owner and the tenant, otherwise the signatory is solely responsible and in general everyone is interested in a more shared risk.
3. The owner must have a home multi-risk insurance policy and the policy details should be included in the contract. If you do not have it, there is a major mishap, it is certain that problems and discussions will arise. If you are the owner and you enter the data in the contract, you should be sure that the tenant has quick and direct access and can notify you in case of emergencies.
Tips for signing the contract
4. Validate the property after the check-in. When you take possession of the house, make a photographic report of how the apartment is, with special emphasis on breakages and damage, send them to the owner and to the mediating agency to act as a witness.
5. Take the first days of the contract to test all the electrical appliances and detect breakages or incidents, if you do it too much later it may be too late. Whatever you find relevant, you re-photograph and send it.
6. Take the water and electricity meters and make sure you know their location or ask these details the first days of your stay.
Tips during the stay in the apartment
7. Nothing worse for a landlord that receiving calls from neigbourhoods complaining about your attitude and behavior
8. Clean the house weekly or at least once every two weeks. If you don’t have time or you prefer to have it done by a professional, you can always count on the service of some companies; if you do not do it, insects may appear or have to be painted on your way out
9. When you leave due to the end of the contract, leave the house reasonably clean and tidy, do not leave garbage or items that the property has to remove, it will make it appear that you gave proper maintenance to the house.
10. If your contract does not allow pets, do not bring pets, the hairs stick and hide and produce allergies to the next tenant, everything that happens will be because of you. Don’t risk it.
11. If your contract says “no smokers” do not smoke, the smells stick to the walls, everything will have to be washed and perhaps repainted.
Tips for paying rent
11. Make the rental payment within the term of the contract or during the first week and avoid making the business relationship difficult, even if you have other problems or incidents, if you are late, you can be evicted from the house, the owner may take revenge on departure or worse, that an owner denounces you to the police, making it difficult for you to leave the country if you are a foreigner.
12. Do not leave the last two months without paying even if you are tempted to do so. It is specifically regulated in the law, it is a breach of contract and you have little to gain and much to lose.
Tips on saving on consumption
13. Water is cheap, the cost will not drop below €15 and we do not believe it will go above €40/month.
14. Electricity in Spain is one of the most expensive in Europe, so don’t leave everything on, turn off the air conditioning when you’re not there, or don’t let it go below 24 degrees in summer. The a/c is what consumes the most along with the electric radiators.
Find out more about electricity prices.
15. In summer put the air conditioning at 26 degrees or no llower than 24 and try if you can turn it off at night. In winter try to keep the house at 24 or 22 degrees, try to have a good “duvet” that helps a lot to save in winter at bedtime. If you are unwise you can find yourself with energy bills easily over €200 a month.
16. Wi-Fi and internet depend on the provider, but they are getting lower and lower. They will not charge you more than €45 with the most expensive company, although there are some for much less.
Regarding the maintenance of a rental home
17. Avoid sticking things to the walls (hooks, thumbtacks, rubber bands) no matter what the envelope says, when you take them off the wall will suffer deterioration that makes it obvious that you did not properly maintain the home.
18. Be clean, especially in the kitchen. Hygiene prevents insects or cockroaches from appearing. Maintain proper floor cleaning. The maintenance of the property is critical in the kitchen
19. If you have laminated floors, do not soak the floor and if you do, it is best to dry it immediately or else the floor will sag or lift.
20. If you have a natural wooden floor, do not leave the mop resting directly on the floor or you will spoil it, you will get a stain and you will have to varnish.
21. If the shower is clogged, it will be due to the accumulation of hair. You can use “gel plungers” and the like you have in your supermarket. When it gets tough, plumbers use “spring plungers” which is safer and less risky as it doesn’t use chemicals. If both attempts fail you must call a plumber.
22. If you make very hot “tea” use coasters, many countertops do not withstand such high temperatures well.
23. Take the rubbish down and do not leave it outside the door unless the farm has a collection protocol.
24. If you have a water heater, watch it regularly, when they are damaged they tend to leak and it is the warning that they can burst.
25. If you use oils and have the fires on, do not get distracted and do not leave the kitchen, especially if you are not a good cook.
25. Do not leave the house with windows open, it could rain or a gust of wind could break them regardless of the risk of theft
26. When you leave put the bolt, do not leave the slip alone, anyone can enter your home and rob you if you leave without closing properly.
27. Leave a copy of the keys to someone you trust, more than 10 times a year tenants lose them.
28. Don’t put your home address on your keys. You’d make it too easy for thieves.
29. Do not use “Etching” to clean metal sinks at least, it corrupts them and they have to be replaced.
30. Do not close the bathroom after taking a shower, open the window if you have it and do not close the door, the humidity must come out or fungus can spread on the walls
31. In case of stains or strange noises, immediately contact your owner or a technician.
32. If you are absent for more than a few days, cut off the water and electricity. Leave the refrigerator light if you have it separated.
33. If there are slippery surfaces, do not walk barefoot
34. If you have small children or you receive them at home, you should put cleaning products in high places or inaccessible to minors. Remove artificial fruits or vegetables and food-shaped magnets. Those objects may appear to be edible to them.
35. If you have a water thermostat, set the heater to less than 120F or 48C
36. Never put a lock on the bathroom or close it, it makes it extremely difficult for the firefighters or whoever can help you, it is usually a fatal mistake.
37. If you have a fireplace, do not leave the person with dementia alone near the fire and do not leave if you have added fuel to the fire.
38. Always have a flashlight or use your cell phone, if there is a blackout do not play with the light box and do not get nervous.
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