I'm just wondering if it's normal practice to include tenants are responsible for maintenance up to a certain dollar amount like $100?
Some seem to do that. I have not as of yet. My concern is that I will not know about anything that really needs a repair, and more damage will result.
@Alex Shipp DO NOT DO IT. It will cost you more money in the end. Many tenants will just let you fix the leaks after they move out or maybe once the ceiling falls in.
Unless it's general yard maintenance (such as picking up after a pet) I do not make anything the tenants responsibility for maintenance. I encourage them to let me know immediately if there is a problem. One tenant took 12 hours to tell me that he had no water in the middle of winter. That could have been a big problem, luckily , it wasn't but I don't want tenants waiting that long to contact me.
The only time they are responsible for anything is if it was a direct consequence of something they did or didn't do such as their child that flushes a doll down the toilet.
I wouldn't do that. More often than not, they won't fix it or they will fix it improperly.
Yeah, I'm following the trend here. Don't give up control. You are better off writing into your lease that if a leak starts to happen and they don't tell you then they are responsible for the cost of the excess damage/water. It motivates them to tell you so that you can fix something when it is small.