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Is Your Rental Property a Potential Hazard to Your Tenants?

Southport Tenant Looking at Mold in His Rental HomeSouthport landlords really want to keep their tenants safe and comfortable in their rental homes. However, potentially hazardous conditions can develop if no precautions are taken to avoid them. This article lists down three of the most common household hazards, many of which could harm your tenants. To ensure that your rental property is not a hazard to your tenants, you should know how to prevent these common household hazards.

Toxic Mold

Moisture and a food source, like cardboard or paper, are all it takes for mold to develop. Most people notice the musty smell that mold produces. There are different kinds of molds, most of which are not particularly harmful to humans. Stachybotrys, or black mold, however, can cause allergic reactions and other symptoms in people who are sensitive to their spores. The most serious problems toxic mold causes are respiratory distress, and sometimes, anaphylactic shock.

The good news is that preventing mold growth in your rental home is very easy. 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 do find black mold, you should call a professional to remove it safely right away – and seal off the source of moisture causing it.

Asbestos

It is common knowledge that asbestos is a big problem, usually for older rental homes. But as long as the asbestos is contained within walls or closed areas, it is usually harmless — as long as it is left undisturbed. If your rental property does have asbestos in its walls, you have to ensure that your tenant is aware of this so they know not to drill any holes in the walls. Small openings are enough to allow asbestos to enter the home and cause mesothelioma cancer.

For safe asbestos removal, you should ask a licensed professional to do it to prevent asbestos-related illnesses. Do not try to do it yourself or let anyone without the right equipment do so.

Fire

The third most common hazard is household fires. It is estimated that an average of seven people dies every day from house fires. Oil is one of the most common causes of cooking fires, while dryer lint usually causes fires in the laundry room. Other usual suspects in household fires are faulty appliances, electrical issues, and unattended candles.

Here are some things you can do to prevent fires in your rental home. First, make sure that your rental home has no electrical issues and have the dryer vent cleaned regularly. Second, educate your tenants on fire safety and equip your rental home with fire extinguishers and working smoke detectors. By following these steps, you can greatly lower the chances of your rental property going up in flames.

Ensuring your tenants’ health and safety can be an enormous undertaking. Why not let the experts help? At Real Property Management Champion, 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 910-782-4488 or contact us online today!

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