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Before you sign the lease for a new rental, it is important to figure out and negotiate who is responsible for what maintenance and where. As a rule of thumb, the tenant is usually responsible for keeping the rental home in a neat and clean manner, and responsible for all small minor repairs. The landlord is responsible for all major repairs within the rental and responsible for maintaining the outside of the house, such as cutting the grass and making sure the entryways are kept safe and well-lit. Maintaining the rental is often a partnership between the landlord and the tenant; since the tenant resides there daily they should make the landlord aware of things needed to be done or repaired.