TIP OF THE MONTH - January 2014
MOVING IN THE TENANTS
Source: Property Management for Dummies
By Robert Griswold
Another excellent way to
avoid disputes over security deposits is for you to take photos or
videotape the rental unit before the tenant moves in. In addition
to your inspection form, you will have some photos to help refresh the
tenant’s memory or show the court if the matter ends up there.
If you videotape the rental unit, be sure to get the tenant on the tape
stating the date and the time. If you tenant is not present, then
bring a copy of that day’s newspaper and include it in your video. With
all detailed photography it is not always easy to understand exactly
what the picture is showing unless speciffically stated. So be
sure to include a caption or descriptions with all still photos and
provide a running detailed narrative with the video.
Do not assume that your tenants are familiar with the appliances and
how they work. Provide your tenants with the appliance manuals or
at least copies of the basic operating instructions.
If you have natural gas appliances or gas heat, instruct your tenants
to contact the local utility company if they have any questions or
concerns. This is particularly true if they detect the sulfur
smell commonly associated with a gas leak. They should also
contact the utility company or your maintenance person if there is a
need to relight a pilot light.
Part of your new tenant orientation should include showing your tenants
exactly where and how to shut off the utilities in case of a water
leak, electrical short, or fire on the property. If you have a
serious storm or earthquake, you tenants will need to be able to
immediately turn off the natural gas supply as well.
This web page was updated on 01/01/2014.