How to Know if Your Rental Meets Safety Standards
When thinking about rental home safety, landlords tend to prioritize installing security systems.
That’s because people associate home safety with intruders and tresspassors. However, home safety is not just limited to protecting tenants from outsiders.
It’s important to realize that accidents also occur inside the home. They can be caused by fires, electrical malfunctions, and overheated systems.
It’s essential, then, for property owners to examine the rental in terms of its safety, structure and compliance with the health code.
To steer clear from property damages and heavy repair costs, you should check if your property adheres to safety standards.
Here are some factors to check closely in your rental unit.
1. Consider the age of your property.
Was it constructed a long time ago? If so, then you need to inspect its different systems, from the plumbing to the electricity.
It’s also wise to have the foundation checked to ensure structural integrity. Foundation issues can compromise the safety of renters.
As a landlord, you need to review this and plan any needed renovations to meet the current safety standards.
Leaks, mold, and pest infestations can also be unseen problems. It’s recommended to schedule an inspection with a professional.
Older homes tend to have safety concerns over newer homes since they’ve been subjected to plenty of wear and tear over the years.
2. Check the security of doors and windows.
Since these are the main points of entry, they should be solid and secure. The materials chosen should be durable, and the locks must be reliable. You want to deter trespassers, so make it challenging.
Windows can be easier for burglars to enter from, so attach solid latches. If they’re made of glass, choose a tempered material for proper sealing.
Remind your occupants to remove barriers that can block their own access to doors and windows. During an emergency like a fire, it could delay their exit.
3. Inspect the walls, ceilings, and floors.
Water damage caused by leaks are often revealed through stains on the walls and ceilings. They can also be covered in mold.
The paint may peel off and have a bubbling appearance. If you notice these signs, act promptly to find the source of the leak and fix the water damage.
Uneven flooring, slippery material, and broken tiles can cause falls. This can be dangerous for older residents and young kids when running around. Reduce the risk and cover the floor with carpets.
For damaged flooring, arrange for repairs immediately. Creating an accident-proof rental should be your priority.
Ceilings can show signs of roof damage and gutter problems as well. If you discover cracks or see that it’s sagging, have it inspected by a professional promptly. Ignoring these issues can cost you more in long-term repairs and can also result in tenants moving out.
4. Evaluate the electrical system.
Make sure that your electrical system meets the regulation standards. If your property is old, it should be adjusted to meet the higher modern load.
Renters can be at risk of fires when electricity is poorly managed. Be vigilant when it comes to overloading circuits and faulty wires. Properly insulate , and show the tenants how to use the appliances properly.
Schedule an inspection with a licensed electrician to ensure that your electric system is functional and follows the standards. Upgrade as needed.
Check if the appliances need replacing. Having too many wires can be a problem, so make sure you have the suitable number of sockets in all rooms.
5. Review the plumbing.
Water damage is among the most costly repairs to be done in a property. Thus, it’s advisable to be alert to signs of plumbing issues.
Proper drainage is essential. Gutters must be cleaned seasonally, and residents must refrain from pouring grease down the kitchen drain to avoid problems with the plumbing system.
Pipes must be inspected often, particularly during the winter and the humid season. Broken pipes must be replaced with new ones and leaks must be attended to right away.
Choose a pipe material that’s high quality. Remind your tenants to also avoid flushing items that can clog the toilets.
6. Check the heating.
Your tenants can be at risk for fire or gas poisoning when your heating system isn’t functioning properly.
It’s important to arrange for an inspection of your boiler or furnace annually.
Have it inspected prior to the winter season, when the renters need it to be fully functioning. Avoid placing combustible materials near the heater to prevent fires.
7. Invest in a security system.
To ensure that outsiders are kept from entering your home, install a good security system. Set up an alarm, motion sensor, smart locks, and smoke detectors.
In fact, alarms and smoke detectors are required to be set up by property owners under the landlord-tenant law.
Some insurance companies give you discounts when your property is equipped with a security system. Perform regular inspections to test that your security system is working in optimal condition. Tenants are much happier to stay in a property where their safety is prioritized; it will inspire them to renew their lease.
Meeting safety standards is essential. As a landlord, you can organize preventive inspections to limit accidents in your home. Purchasing an insurance policy is also helpful as a contingency plan.
Keeping tenants safe is your responsibility as a landlord. This shouldn’t be overlooked. Prepare a checklist to avoid leaving out critical elements during the property inspection.
Not all landlords however have the extra time to attend to these essential inspections. If you’re a busy landlord, get in touch with Leenan Property Management to access the full range of our services.
We’re committed to keeping your rental home safe! Contact us today at (306) 994 5475 or visit our website to learn more.