Safety will always be your priority when you’re renting out a Roseville home. The property itself has to be in good condition and free of any issues that could cause harm. Your tenants also need to stay safe inside the property. When it’s vacant, your investment could be especially vulnerable. There’s no one in place to report maintenance issues, and it might be a target for vandals or criminals.
Here are some important ways to keep your Roseville rental property safe, whether it’s occupied or vacant.
Safety Considerations for Roseville Rental Homes
Do a complete inspection of your property before a tenant moves in and after a tenant moves out. When maintenance is requested or you schedule a walk-through during the lease to check for maintenance issues, make sure you have a safety checklist. You should be looking for:
- Clean air filters
- Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Doors and windows that easily open, close, and lock
- Loose handrails
- Leaks or drips under the sinks, behind toilets, and around tubs and appliances
- Roof issues such as missing shingles or water intrusion
- Even flooring that doesn’t pose trip and fall hazards
- Lighting inside and outside the home
Your lease should reflect that you’ll conduct at least one maintenance check-up per year.
Keep Yourself Safe with Landlord Insurance
Make sure you have all the insurance you need before you begin renting out a property. Without proper coverage, an unexpected disaster or an accident can leave you financially lost. Insurance on your rental property will cover any damage to your property that is a result of the risks outlined in your policy. The purpose of insurance is to repair or replace whatever is needed so that you’re restored as quickly as possible. Some of the protections a good landlord insurance policy will provide include:
- Water damage
You’ll also want adequate liability coverage as well as loss of rent coverage. Review your insurance annually. The value of your property changes over time, and you need insurance that keeps up.
Keeping Roseville Tenants Safe in Your Property
Educate tenants on how to keep themselves safe while living on your property. Provide emergency contact information for local police stations, fire stations, and poison control centers. Make sure parking areas are well-lit and consider installing motion-activated lights outside.
There’s plenty of technology available to help your tenants feel safe.
You don’t necessarily have to pay for an alarm on your property or a video doorbell. But, you can make it available to tenants if they want to pay for service. Smart home technology is rapidly growing in popularity, and if you provide a home that’s ready to accept that technology, tenants will feel safer.
Maintaining Safety Standards During Vacancy
When your Roseville rental property is vacant, it’s important to take some precautions so it doesn’t become a target. Keep the utilities on. Visit the property every couple of days to make sure nothing has been stolen or vandalized. Look for maintenance issues while you’re there. Keep up with the landscaping and make sure there’s at least one exterior light on at all times.
We’re happy to consult with you on keeping your rental homes safe. If you’d like to talk about the needs of your property and your tenants or you have general questions about Roseville property management, please contact us at Action Properties.