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Is Your Rental Property a Potential Hazard to Your Tenants?

Palisade Tenant Looking at Mold in His Rental HomeAs a Palisade landlord, you like your tenants to feel safe and comfortable in their rental home. But be that as it may, periodically, potentially hazardous situations can happen unless you are applying particular precautions to avoid them. This article will touch on the three most common household hazards, many of which could definitely make your tenants sick– or additionally, even become deadly if left uncontrolled. To know for sure that your rental property isn’t a hazard to your tenants, it’s essential to be aware of what those common household hazards are and how to prevent them.

Toxic Mold

Mold develops in moist areas where a food source, like cardboard or paper, is present. Mold always comes with a musty smell, which is typically the foremost sign most people notice. There are a lot of different kinds of molds, countless of which are ugly-looking but not necessarily harmful to people. Stachybotrys, or black mold, meanwhile, can bring on allergic reactions and other symptoms in those sensitive to their spores. The most dangerous problem resulting from toxic mold is respiratory distress and, in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock.

The wonderful news is that preventing mold from growing in a rental home is relatively easy. Just simply running an exhaust fan in steamy bathrooms, airing out the house, or installing a dehumidifier in the basement can all keep mold away from your property. But remember, if you do discover black mold, it’s imperative to call in a professional who can remove it safely– and correct the source of the moisture causing the mold in the first place!

Asbestos

There’s very little uncertainty and doubt that asbestos is a big problem, primarily for older rental homes. But as it happens, as long as the asbestos is confined within the walls or other closed areas, it’s relatively harmless – so long as it’s not disturbed. If you have asbestos in your rental property walls, you will need to make certain that your tenant knows not to drill holes or otherwise make any openings in the walls, even to pound in a nail. Keep in mind, even small openings could allow asbestos to seep into the home and cause mesothelioma cancer.

Asbestos removal requires the use of licensed professionals to prevent asbestos-related illnesses; you should not try to remove it yourself or permit anyone without the right equipment to do so.

Fire

Household fires are a regular circumstance in the United States. It is assessed that an average of seven people die every day from house fires. Oil and other ingredients produce cooking fires, while dryer lint is the top culprit of fires that start in the laundry room. Faulty appliances, electrical issues, and forgotten lighted candles are other top contributors to household fires.

To prevent fires in your rental home, there are a number of things you should do. First, do what you can to warrant that your rental home is free of electrical issues, and have the dryer vent cleaned annually. Second, educate your tenants on fire safety, and provide them with fire extinguishers, working smoke detectors, and other necessary requirements. By adhering to these uncomplicated procedures, you can essentially lower the odds that your rental property will go up in flames.

 

Ensuring the health and safety of your tenants is a big responsibility and can be very time-consuming. Why not let the experts help? At Real Property Management Now, our comprehensive property management and tenant relations programs are designed to keep both your property and your tenants safe. To see and understand more relating to the services we offer, call us at 970-314-7123 or contact us online today!

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