Leasing: What obligations do I have as a tenant? And what are my landlord’s obligations?

The landlord’s main obligations are:

  • Making available the rented property
  • Ensuring that the rented property is free from defects
  • Repairing defects of the premises (unless this is impossible or requires an outlay which may not reasonably be required from the landlord in the given circumstances)

The tenant’s main obligations are:

  • Paying rent
  • Using the rented property respectfully and in accordance with its purpose
  • At the end of the rental period: returning the rented property in the same condition in which it was accepted according to the description at the start of the rental period (unless agreed upon otherwise or if no description was made)
  • Making minor repairs