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Is Your Rental Property a Potential Hazard to Your Tenants?

Coral Gables Tenant Looking at Mold in His Rental Home

Coral Gables landlords really want to keep their tenants safe and comfortable in their rental homes. However, there is the possibility of them encountering hazardous conditions if you don’t take precautions to avoid them. Three of the top household hazards that can make your tenants seriously ill are listed here. To make sure that your rental property isn’t a hazard to your tenants, you should be familiar with how to prevent these household hazards.

Toxic Mold

Moist areas plus a food source, such as cardboard or paper, are very inviting places for mold to grow. The first noticeable sign of mold is a musty smell. Among the different kinds of mold, there are many that are ugly but aren’t particularly harmful to people. However, Stachybotrys, otherwise known as black mold, can trigger allergic reactions to those who are sensitive to their spores. Toxic mold can cause serious problems like respiratory distress or anaphylactic shock.

The good news is that you can easily prevent mold from growing in your rental home. 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. If you ever find black mold, you must call in a professional who can safely get rid of it as well as fix the source of moisture that causes it.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a big problem for older rental homes. As long as it stays undisturbed within walls or other closed areas, asbestos is relatively harmless. If you have asbestos in your rental property walls, you need to inform your tenant and tell them not to drill holes or hammer nails into the walls. Small openings are enough to allow asbestos to enter the home and cause mesothelioma cancer.

You should not attempt to remove asbestos by yourself. This is best done by licensed professionals with the right equipment to prevent asbestos-related illnesses.

Fire

Household fires are very common in the United States. It is estimated that an average of seven people dies every day from house fires. Cooking fires are usually started with oil and other ingredients. On the other hand, laundry room fires are often caused by dryer lint. Faulty appliances, electrical issues, and unattended candles are also major causes of household fires.

To prevent fires from starting in your rental home, here are some things you should do. First, ensure that your rental home is free from any electrical issues and that you have a yearly cleaning schedule for your dryer vent. Second, fire safety education must be part of your tenant orientation. There must also be fire extinguishers and smoke detectors on your property. If you follow these simple steps, you can minimize the chances of your rental property catching fire.

Taking care of the health and safety of your tenants can be very time-consuming. Why not let the experts help? At Real Property Management Dade, our comprehensive property management and tenant relations programs are designed to keep both your property and your tenants safe. To learn more about the services we offer, call us at 305-501-1511 or contact us online today!

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