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Being a landlord comes with a lot of responsibility. One of the major responsibilities is making sure that all your rental properties are up to code and have all the necessary appliances. From refrigerators to microwaves, you need to make sure that every rental property has all the necessary appliances for your tenants. Let’s take a look at what appliances are required in a rental property.

A refrigerator in a kitchen.


Refrigerators are a must-have appliance in any rental property. Not only do they provide a place for food storage, but they can also be used to keep drinks cold and store leftovers. Most modern refrigerators come with built-in ice makers and water dispensers, so it’s important to make sure that these features work properly before renting out the unit. Additionally, if you’re looking for energy efficiency, there are several Energy Star models on the market today that can save you money on utility bills.

A built-in stove and microwave combo.

Stoves and Ovens

Just like refrigerators, stoves/ovens are essential for any rental property. Whether you opt for an electric or gas model should depend on the needs of your tenants as well as local building codes and regulations. If you choose an electric stove/oven, make sure it is properly wired and meets all safety standards to ensure that it won’t be a fire hazard or an energy drain. As with refrigerators, there are Energy Star models available if you want to save money on utility bills while still providing an efficient cooking experience for your tenants.

A dishwasher with the door open that's full of clean dishes.


Dishwashers may not be necessary in all rental properties, but they can certainly add value when it comes time to rent out the unit. Dishwashers provide an easy way for tenants to clean up after meals without having to hand wash each dish individually—which can be both time consuming and tedious! If you decide to install a dishwasher in your rental property, make sure that it is in good working condition before renting out the unit; otherwise, you could end up dealing with costly repairs later down the line.

A washer and dryer unit in a laundry room.

Laundry Room Appliances

Having a washer and dryer in the unit can be a huge plus for tenants. Not only does it save them time and money from having to go out and do their laundry elsewhere, but washing machines and dryers can also increase the value of your rental property significantly. You don’t have to go all out with top of the line models; however, make sure you select reliable brands that will last for at least five years or more with minimal repairs needed during that time frame.

A rental home's heating and cooling system.

Heating and Cooling System

Depending on where your rental property is located, you may need an HVAC system or just one or the other (heating or cooling). If you’re in an area where winters are cold or summers are hot and humid, air conditioning is essential! It’s also important that the system you choose is both energy-efficient and eco-friendly so that it doesn’t add too much strain on your tenant’s utility bills each month.

When it comes to renting out a property, there are certain appliances that are essential for keeping tenants comfortable and happy in their home away from home. Kitchen appliances such as stoves/ovens, refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and dishwashers can make life easier for them while increasing the value of your rental property significantly. Additionally, installing a washer/dryer set as well as an HVAC system (heating or cooling) can be great advantages if they’re available in your area. Keep these tips in mind when selecting appliances for your next rental property!

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