Idaho legally requires landlords to meet certain “habitability” requirements for all rental properties. This means that they’re responsible for providing a property that meets specific health and safety standards and for fixing issues that violate them.
Idaho Implied Warranty of Habitability
In Idaho, the implied warranty of habitability requires landlords to provide and maintain a safe and habitable rental property. “Implied” means the requirement applies regardless of whether or not the rental agreement mentions (or tries to waive) the obligation. Idaho’s warranty of habitability is statutory only, not through common law.
Examples of clear habitability violations include:
- Exposed electrical wiring.
- A pipe leaking human waste.
- A broken front doorknob that won’t lock.
However, the implied warranty of habitability does not guarantee that anything at the property will be pretty, clean, new or issue-free, so it doesn’t cover things like stained carpet or dents in a wall. It only guarantees basic health and safety.
Landlord Responsibilities in Idaho
Note: Check local city/county laws and ordinances for additional requirements.
|Has To Provide?
|Has To Fix / Replace?
|Air Conditioning / Heating
|Only If Provided
|Washer & Dryer
Landlord Responsibilities for Heating & Air Conditioning in Idaho?
Idaho landlords have no specific responsibility to provide heating or air conditioning. However, if the landlord supplies a device on the premises that provides heating or cooling, the landlord must ensure it’s in good working condition.
Are Landlords Required to Provide Air Filter Replacements in Idaho?
Idaho landlords don’t have to replace things like air filters, unless heating equipment won’t work otherwise.
Landlord Responsibilities for Plumbing in Idaho
Idaho landlords must keep plumbing in reasonable working condition.
Are Landlords Required To Provide Hot Water in Idaho?
Idaho landlords must provide and maintain running heated water for rental properties.
Are Landlords Responsible for Fixing Clogged Drains & Toilets in Idaho?
Idaho landlords have to fix clogs the renter didn’t cause, which keep the plumbing from being in reasonable working condition.
Are Landlords in Idaho Responsible for Fixing Leaks?
Idaho landlords only have to fix “severe” leaks which take the plumbing out of reasonable working condition.
Landlord Responsibilities for Kitchen Appliances in Idaho
Idaho landlords have no responsibility to provide or maintain kitchen appliances such as a dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, or refrigerator.
Landlord Responsibilities for Electrical Issues in Idaho
Idaho landlords are responsible for keeping electrical service in good working order on the premises.
Are Landlords Responsible for Replacing Light Bulbs in Idaho?
Idaho landlords are not responsible for replacing light bulbs or particular light fixtures.
Landlord Responsibilities for Garbage Removal in Idaho
There’s no specific law outlining a landlord’s responsibilities for garbage removal in Idaho. However, the common standard is that the landlord has to provide means for the renter to remove and store garbage, and it’s the renter’s responsibility to actually make sure the garbage gets properly disposed.
Landlord Responsibilities for Landscaping in Idaho
Idaho landlords have no specific obligation to provide landscaping or maintain it with actions like cutting grass. They only have to deal with issues like fallen trees if they interfere with the cleanliness of common areas, violate local codes, or create a hazard to health and safety.
Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Mold in Idaho
Idaho landlords are responsible for most mold issues. While there’s no state requirement for testing, landlords must investigate and fix mold problems since they threaten health and safety. If the renter’s lack of cleanliness created the mold issue, a landlord can ask the renter to fix the situation.
Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Pests in Idaho
Idaho landlords aren’t required to conduct regular testing for infestation, but they are responsible for fixing pest issues the renter didn’t cause, including rats, roaches, mice, bed bugs, and ants.
Landlord’s Responsibilities for Windows & Window Coverings in Idaho
Idaho landlords have no specific responsibility to provide window screens or coverings, but the landlord must provide adequate weatherproofing for the premises, which could include various kinds of window maintenance. The landlord also must repair broken windows the tenant didn’t cause, since this is a health and safety issue.
Landlord Responsibilities Regarding Safety Devices in Idaho
Idaho landlords are responsible for ensuring working smoke detectors are installed at the beginning of a tenancy. If the premises don’t have smoke detectors, the tenant can install them and deduct the cost from rent. The tenant is otherwise responsible for related costs and maintenance.
Are Landlords Responsible for Replacing Batteries of Safety Devices in Idaho?
Idaho landlords are not responsible for replacing batteries in safety devices. The landlord has to ensure there are working smoke detectors when the lease begins, which includes working batteries. After the lease begins, maintenance is the tenant’s responsibility, including battery replacement.
Landlord Responsibilities for Washers and Dryers in Idaho
Idaho landlords are not required to furnish their rental properties with a working washer and dryer.
Renter’s Rights for Repairs in Idaho
Idaho renters have the right to repairs for issues that affect health and safety, unless they caused the issue themselves. To exercise their right, the renter must start by notifying the landlord of the issue in writing. The landlord gets three days after notice to fix the issue.
If the issue isn’t fixed, the renter can ask a court to order repairs or compensation. In severe cases, the renter might be able to end the rental agreement. However, the renter isn’t allowed to withhold rent, and can’t repair and deduct (except to fix a smoke detector).
- 1 Id. Code § 6-320(a) (2022)
- 2 Worden v. Ordway, 105 Idaho 719, 723 (Idaho 1983)
- 3 State of Idaho Office of the Attorney General, Landlord and Tenant Manual 11-12 (2018 ed.)
- 4 State of Idaho Office of the Attorney General, Landlord and Tenant Manual 13-14 (2018 ed.)
- 5 Id. Code § 6-320(a)(6) (2022)
- 6 Id. Code § 6-320(d) (2022)
- 7 McCullough v. Cuthbert, 46 Idaho 294, 299 (Idaho 1928) (internal citations omitted)