6 Ways to Make Sure Your Rental Meets Safety Requirements

Rental inspections safeguard not only your interests as a landlord but also those of your tenants. Landlords who spend a significant amount of effort ensuring renters’ safety minimize their overall stress. 

Additionally, doing regular inspections and preventative maintenance will help detect early symptoms of deterioration in your property. Consequently, your rental homes will be well-maintained, and you will provide more excellent value in the long term.

The following are some things you need to do to make sure your rental property is meeting safety standards. 

1. Ensure Doors and Windows Have Good Locking System

You owe it to your renters to provide them with a safe and secure living environment. When there is tenant turnover or tenant-to-tenant changeover, change or rekey the locks. It’s important to ensure that all doors and windows are properly secured. If a thief breaks into the rental property, you risk being sued by the tenant.

2. Make Arrangements for Pest Control

A pest infestation poses risks to the health and safety of your tenants. The responsibility of eradicating pests vary depending on the source of infestation. If it results from natural causes, the burden falls on you as the landlord. For instance, if your rental apartment is near a grassy field and your renter detects mice. In this situation, you’ll need to make plans for and pay for the extermination.

3. Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

You must place smoke alarms in certain parts of the property, such as sleeping spaces and each story of a sleeping unit. According to some state fire codes, only single and multiple-station smoke alarms that conform with UL 217 shall be installed. 

Residential structures in Idaho, for example, are required by law to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. Inspect your smoke detectors once a year to verify they are operating correctly. If the detector’s sound is feeble or non-existent, the batteries may need to be changed. 

4. Make Sure All of Your Appliances Are in Working Order

A lease or rental agreement imposes specific obligations on landlords. One of these tasks is to ensure that all appliances provided by you are in good working condition. 

Assess the lint trap for buildup during a washing machine checkup and run the machine on an empty cycle with white vinegar or a washing machine cleaner. 

Check for water leaks around the water heater. Do you hear any rushing or dripping water? It’s possible that there’s a leak. Immediately contact a plumber.

You should include the HVAC system in an external house examination. Examining correct airflow, doing a thermostat test, and testing air filters are all part of the inspection process.

If you have a dishwasher, refrigerator, or microwave, consult the manufacturer handbook to determine how often you examine them. 

5. Install Ground Fault Interrupting (GFI) Outlets 

There is a greater danger of fire and electrocution in older houses that do not have GFI safety devices installed. Your landlord’s insurance coverage will not cover damages caused by a fire triggered by a non-GFI outlet.

6. Make Disclosures about Lead-Based Paint 

Lead was a frequent component in interior paint before 1978. Research has shown lead-based coat is unsafe, and its usage has been outlawed because of this. Most states in the US now require landlords to disclose any properties with lead-based paint. Several states also require you to include a warning in the lease and provide your renters with copies of the EPA’s pamphlets.  

Conclusion

You should regularly check your rental property to make sure it complies with all state and municipal safety requirements. Maintain open lines of communication with your renters and pay attention to what they have to say. Following these pointers will maintain the condition of your property and make your tenants happy.

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