Safety First: How Landlords Can Reduce Risk and Promote Safety

We at want to share another informative post by our guest writer Jackie Williams regarding Safety First: How Landlords Can Reduce Risk and Promote Safety per the following:

More US households are renting than at any other point in the last 50 years, this was illustrated by a percentage increase from 31.2% of households in 2006 to 36.6% in 2016. This research further indicates that the vast majority of those who rent comprises of young adults under the age of 35. Owing to this shift towards rental properties, it has become necessary to address the question of safety. This applies equally to the role that the landlord ought to play to reduce risk as well as what the tenant ought to do to promote safety. However, landlords bear the brunt of this burden as it is their responsibility to enforce high safety standards on their properties. On the other hand, tenants should also be keen to ensure safety on the property, for example, by understanding apartment fire safety guidelines. While there are a number of things you can do to ensure your safety in a rental, there are a few you should not overlook.

The Importance of Precautionary Measures 

One of the most important obligations for landlords is following all local, state and federal safety codes on their property. Some of these codes require landlords to know the dangers of lead paint on their properties and how to get rid of it. Others stipulate the necessity of installing safety guards on second-floor windows. These conditions are stipulated under the law and you may face penalties for not enforcing them. While some of these requirements apply across the board, some are specific to office spaces and yet others to the dedicated spaces designed as buy-to-let for students. However, there are a few things that each residential space should adhere to so as to promote safety, two of which we shall highlight below.

Ensuring Electrical and Gas Safety  

By law, landlords are required to ensure that all electrical systems, including light fittings, sockets, and wiring in the property they let are safe. They must also ensure that all electrical items provided as part of the tenancy such as lamps and cookers are also safe. Conducting a visual inspection of the entire electrical system with every tenancy is vital. Portable appliance tests should also be done every year, and a professional inspection done every five years. Hire registered electricians for any electrical installation or repair work done at the property. For gas safety, landlords are required to have every gas appliance and system including cookers and boilers checked annually by a gas safety registered engineer. You should also consider getting a copy of the gas safety rules and records and give each tenant.

Install a Security System

Burglars and thieves present a considerable threat to safety. If landlords fail to take proper measures to ensure their tenants’ safety, they may find the value of their property dropping. In order to make tenants feel safe enough to lease property, it is a good idea to install a security system. Depending on your budget, there are various types and brands that could suit your needs. However, make sure you get one that includes door and window sensors, smoke alarms and motion detecting lights. Most of these gadgets are easy to install and allow remote access so you can monitor them at your convenience.

Safety will always be a big part of our lives but even more so on the premises that we lease out. Taking these precautions may mitigate some of the common safety risks.

Jackie Williams is a professional freelance writer and has prior work experience in both property management and real estate. However, her most important and rewarding role is being a mom. Jackie understands and conveys the importance of prevention as indicated in her posts. She highlights simple, cheap and effective measures to safe proof your home. 

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