All around the country, people eagerly anticipate the arrival of Memorial Day and the promise of summer that it brings. Through the years, Memorial Day has come to be a day to hold a barbecue or gather with family and friends. Your residents might want to celebrate Memorial Day with a social event of some kind as well.
When it comes to parties in your Fort Lauderdale rental homes, it’s important to know what can be done to keep things under control. Here are the three most important things landlords need to know about Memorial Day parties in their rental homes.
1. Put It in the Lease
It can be very challenging to ensure that your residents’ Memorial Day parties do not become large events that increase the risk of damage and liability. How many people is too many for your property? Can (and should) you try to restrict your residents from consuming alcohol? What is your policy about residents grilling or building fires in the yard? Having the answers to the questions can help you define the direction your resident’s parties go before they even happen.
The maximum number of party guests, limits for noise levels, and others can all be addressed in your lease documents. Craft your lease documents to explicitly limit the number of people they can invite, with larger numbers requiring special permission. There are no specific numbers, but “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours” is a usual choice.
2. The Do’s and Don’ts of Alcohol and Grilling Policies
Gatherings like these usually include the consumption of alcohol. Even when you can’t legally prohibit alcohol, you can include specific language in your lease that cover illegal activities, and also states the specific consequences of doing them on your rental property.
On a similar note, when residents want to grill or otherwise have open flames on the property, the lease should have already explained the rules and safety issues related to fire. Even quality barbecue grills can become a fire hazard if misused, so it is important to also include provisions for this in your lease.
3. Renters Insurance and Renters Legal Liability
You have to ensure that your residents have their own renters insurance. In case a large gathering does occur on the property, the possibility of damage and injury increases considerably. If damage or injury does occur, you could be held responsible unless your residents have their own insurance coverage.
In regards to any party or social gathering at this time, please keep in mind the current recommendations by the CDC. Even though some places in the U.S. are opening back up, many areas still restrict gatherings to a certain number of people. Ensure that your Fort Lauderdale tenants are mindful of current restrictions within their city or state to keep themselves and your community safe.
When you are diligent in enforcing the terms of the lease agreement, you are also protecting your property. If a party gets out of hand and loud, destructive, or illegal activity is taking place, make sure that you act promptly and decisively to hold your residents accountable.
The good news is that we can help you out! At Real Property Management Asset Solutions, we will monitor activity in the residence and help you craft lease documents designed to keep party plans within acceptable limits. You can contact us or call us at 954-889-5627 for more info today!
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