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Your Property Maintenance Obligations
A Guide for Tenatns, Landlords and Homeowners

The City of Louisville is committed to promoting safe, clean housing and neighborhoods. Tenants, Landlords and homeowners have certain obligations that help to make our neighborhoods good places to live. This guide lists some of your duties. Check it out! For your own personal safety, it's important to know the law and how it affects your rights and those of your neighbors.

Bathroom Kitchen
Water Heat
Light & Ventilation Electricity
Fire Safety Yard & Premises
Over Crowding Maintenance & Repairs
Cleanliness Foundation/Floors
Illegally Parked/Stored Vehicles Stairs/Protective Railing

BATHROOM RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS must provide the following:

TENANTS are responsible for the care and cleanliness of the bathroom and its equipment.

WATER

PROPERTY OWNERS are responsible for the following;

LIGHT & VENTILATION

PROPERTY OWNERS are required to provide:

PROPERTY OWNERS and TENANTS are required to see that window glass is not broken out or boarded. Broken windows and missing inoperable light bulbs are violations of the Existing Structures Code.

FIRE SAFETY

PROPERTY OWNERS are required to provide the following:

TENANTS are responsible for the following:

OVERCROWDING

The Existing Structures Code prohibits the overcrowding of people into apartments or houses by tenants, landlords and homeowners, by requiring that:

Space 1-2 occupants 3-5 occupants 6 or more occupants
Living room (a,b) No requirements 120 150
Dining room (a,b ) No requirements 80 100
Kitchen (b) 50 50 60

For SI: one square foot = 0.093 m2 a. See subsection (E)(2) for combined living room/dining room spaces. b. See subsection (E)(1) for limitations on determining the minimum occupancy area for sleeping purposes.

CLEANLINESS

PROPERTY OWNERS are required to keep shared or public areas clean.

PROPERTY OWNERS and TENANTS are required to keep their individual premises clean and free from the infestation of insects, rodents and other pests.

ILLEGALLY PARKED/STORED VEHICLES

PROPERTY OWNERS and TENANTS must make sure that the following conditions are met;

The owner of the vehicle and the owner of the property are responsible for preventing and correcting this violation.

KITCHEN

PROPERTY OWNERS must provide the following:

TENANTS are responsible for the care and cleanliness of the kitchen including the stove, refrigerator and all other appliances.

HEAT

PROPERTY OWNERS are responsible for providing and maintaining sufficient and safe heating facilities.

In addition, the Existing Structures Code requires:

TENANTS are responsible for maintaining all heating equipment in a safe and clean condition, and keeping the area free of flammable materials.

ELECTRICITY

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS are required to provide:

TENANTS should be extremely careful when using the electrical system. Frequent blown fuses, burnt circuit breakers, sparks from outlets and/or fixtures, and wire that is hot to the touch indicate electrical problems and need to be immediately repaired.

Check your home for the following common electrical violations:

YARDS/PREMISES

PROPERTY OWNERS properties are required to keep shared or public areas of a yard clean and free from safety, health and fire hazards

PROPERTY OWNERS and TENANTS of single family dwellings are required to keep their yard clean and free from safety, health, or fire hazards. All premises shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches. Grass should be kept cut and bushes trimmed. Trees should be trimmed and kept away from houses and power lines, and all dead wood should be removed.

MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS are required to maintain each house or apartment they live in or offer for rent in a safe, weather tight, watertight and rodent controlled condition.

In addition, the Existing Structures Code requires the following:

Roof/Chimney

Foundations/Floors

Stairs/Protective Railings

TENANTS are responsible for seeing that all interior and exterior conditions are kept safe and clean. Exit ways and stairs should be kept free from obstructions such as trash, toys, boxes, etc. Damage caused either intentionally or through neglect on the part of the tenant may be the tenant's responsibility.