keep your apartment in orderIt is important to keep your apartment in order.  It is your responsibility.  To keep your apartment in order, you must routinely do things such as keeping your kitchen and bathroom clean, disposing of trash promptly, and not providing reasons for insects and pests to live in your apartment.  Doing simple things such as keeping your kitchen free of standing water, food scraps and crumbs, and not keeping open food sitting out, will help in this effort.

Since each apartment building at King & Queen Apartments is comprised of 12-14 individual dwelling units, it is imperative to be proactive about bugs and pests and other health and safety concerns.  Unlike living in a single-family home, in an apartment community the carelessness of one apartment can quickly and easily affect one or more adjacent apartments.

The Code of Virginia outlines your responsibilities as a tenant, especially living in a multi-family, apartment community environment.  For 2017 the Virginia General Assembly adds the following language to the Section 55-248.16 of the Code of Virginia, “Tenant to maintain dwelling unit”:

Tenants shall “be fiscally responsible for the added cost of treatment or extermination due to the tenant’s unreasonable delay in reporting the existence of any insects or pests and be financially responsible for the cost of treatment or extermination due to the tenant’s fault in failing to prevent infestation of any insects or pests in the area occupied.”

It is your responsibility to keep your apartment in order.  Especially when it comes to reporting the existence and preventing the infestation of any insects or pests.

 


§ 55-248.16. Tenant to maintain dwelling unit

A. In addition to the provisions of the rental agreement, the tenant shall:

  1. Comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions of building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;
  2. Keep that part of the dwelling unit and the part of the premises that he occupies and uses as clean and safe as the condition of the premises permit;
  3. Keep that part of the dwelling unit and the part of the premises that he occupies free from insects and pests, as those terms are defined in § 3.2-3900, and to promptly notify the landlord of the existence of any insects or pests;
  4. Remove from his dwelling unit all ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste in a clean and safe manner and in the appropriate receptacles provided by the landlord pursuant to § 55-248.13, if such disposal is on the premises;
  5. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit or used by the tenant as clean as their condition permits;
  6. Use in a reasonable manner all utilities and all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and other facilities and appliances including elevators in the premises, and keep all utility services paid for by the tenant to the utility service provider or its agent on at all times during the term of the rental agreement;
  7. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the premises or permit any person to do so whether known by the tenant or not;
  8. Not remove or tamper with a properly functioning smoke detector installed by the landlord, including removing any working batteries, so as to render the detector inoperative and shall maintain the smoke detector in accordance with the uniform set of standards for maintenance of smoke detectors established in the Uniform Statewide Building Code (§ 36-97 et seq.);
  9. 9. Not remove or tamper with a properly functioning carbon monoxide alarm installed by the landlord, including removing any working batteries, so as to render the carbon monoxide detector inoperative and shall maintain the carbon monoxide alarm in accordance with the uniform set of standards for maintenance of carbon monoxide alarms established in the Uniform Statewide Building Code (§ 36-97 et seq.);
  10. Use reasonable efforts to maintain the dwelling unit and any other part of the premises that he occupies in such a condition as to prevent accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold, and to promptly notify the landlord of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the tenant;
  11. Not paint or disturb painted surfaces or make alterations in the dwelling unit without the prior written approval of the landlord provided (i) the dwelling unit was constructed prior to 1978 and therefore requires the landlord to provide the tenant with lead-based paint disclosures and (ii) the landlord has provided the tenant with such disclosures and the rental agreement provides that the tenant is required to obtain the landlord’s prior written approval before painting, disturbing painted surfaces or making alterations in the dwelling unit;
  12. Be responsible for his conduct and the conduct of other persons on the premises with his consent whether known by the tenant or not, to ensure that his neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises will not be disturbed;
  13. Abide by all reasonable rules and regulations imposed by the landlord pursuant to § 55-248.17; and
  14. *Added by the General Assembly for 2017* Be fiscally responsible for the added cost of treatment or extermination due to the tenant’s unreasonable delay in reporting the existence of any insects or pests and be financially responsible;e for the cost of treatment or extermination due to the tenant’s fault in failing to prevent infestation of any insects or pests in the area occupied.
B. If the duty imposed by subdivision 1 of subsection A is greater than any duty imposed by any other subdivision of that subsection, the tenant’s duty shall be determined by reference to subdivision 1.