Last Updated: September 2023
Although not including appliances has been a growing trend in residential multifamily rental properties, some landlords still choose to offer appliances to entice tenants or charge an additional monthly premium. Microwaves are either freestanding (also called a Countertop Microwave) or Built in (usually Over-the-Stove). Built in microwaves can be a great amenity to include in a kitchen, as it will free up valuable countertop space, however, the landlord would likely be responsible for maintenance.
Best Rental Property Microwaves
|Best Overall||Best Economy||Best Compact||Best Smart||Best Commercial|
|Frigidaire – 1.8 Cu. Ft Over-The-Range Microwave||Farberware – 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Countertop||Commercial Chef – 0.6 Cu. Ft. CHM660||Cafe -2.1 Cu. Ft. Smart Over-The-Range Microwave||Panasonic Commercial – 0.8 Cu. Ft., Microwave Oven|
Below we explore the top 5 microwaves for rental properties based on 5 different factors that landlords should consider when determining which type of microwave is best for their rental property investment.
Best Overall Microwave
Best Economy Microwave
Best Compact Microwave
Best Smart Microwave
Best Commercial Microwave
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Rental Property Microwave FAQ
4 Types of Microwaves for Rental Properties
When equipping a rental unit kitchen, choosing the right type of microwave can enhance the space’s functionality and aesthetic appeal. Microwaves come in a variety of styles including countertop models, built-in models, and over-the-range units, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The choice will depend on factors such as available space, budget, kitchen layout, and tenant demographic. It’s essential to balance the need for convenience, space utilization, style, and cost when making your decision. Below we compare the pros and cons of each of the 4 most common microwaves for rental properties.
|Countertop Microwaves||Easy to install; Portable; Wide range of sizes and prices||Can take up valuable counter space; Not built-in to the kitchen design|
|Built-in Microwaves||Saves counter space; Creates a seamless look in the kitchen||More expensive; Installation can be complex; Not easily moved or replaced|
|Over-the-Range Microwaves||Saves counter space; Often includes a built-in range hood for ventilation||Installation can be complex; Not as easily accessible for shorter individuals or children; More expensive than countertop models|
|Microwave Drawers||Space-saving; Accessible; Sleek integration with kitchen design||Expensive; Requires professional installation|
Microwave Repair and Installation Pros
How to Hire a Rental Property Electrician
Installing an over the range or built in microwave should be done by an electrician, as you will have to ensure the unit has sufficient power. Understanding the process of how to hire an electrician to install a rental property microwave can make the job a smooth experience.
Does a Landlord Need to Provide a Microwave?
Microwaves in residential rental units are usually not required to be provided, unless specified otherwise in a residential lease agreement or local laws require so. The good news is that microwaves are not a costly appliance, with the cheapest well-reviewed one we have found to only cost around $75. Therefore, it is important that both parties review the lease agreement to understand exactly what is expected when it comes to providing amenities such as microwaves. Tenants should know what is (or isn’t) included in their rental agreement before signing any documents and landlords need to be aware of the law in order to avoid potential conflicts with their tenants.
Who is Responsible for Repairing a Built-in Microwave in Rental Property?
The maintenance and repair responsibilities of rather the tenant or landlord (property management company) ultimately come down to how this is written in the lease agreement. If the appliance was provided with the unit, the argument could be made that it is the responsibility of the landlord. Be sure to also check your lease agreement and state specific tenant laws on the responsibilities of appliances.
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