Rental property investments can prove extremely lucrative, especially given currently low interest rates and rising rents. But, landlord responsibilities go beyond ensuring your monthly revenue covers the mortgage payments and profit. Whether renting out a single-family home or multifamily apartment building, landlords are held accountable for their tenant’s safety and wellbeing. If you’re going to become a landlord, you must know your obligations. And with winter just around the corner, it’s time to get serious about rental property safety.
Landlord-tenant regulations vary by state and specific lease agreement, but most landlords are required by law to properly maintain the property while staying aware and notifying habitants of potential dangers. If the following is proven, landlords – or their insurance policies – are required to cover the damages:
-The landlord failed to fix a dangerous condition in a reasonable amount of time, based on the problem at hand.
-Fixing the issue was not costly or difficult.
-Injury was caused by failure to fix hazards.
-Injury was severe and conceivable.
-Landlord neglect caused the injury.
Thereafter, tenants can sue for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, emotional distress and personal property damages. This can be thousands – or hundreds of thousands – of dollars out of your bank account, plus the grueling legal process that could damage your business and professional reputation.
To circumvent potential lawsuits and keep your tenants from harm, preventing accidents is paramount. The doorstep and entryway in multifamily apartment complexes can become dangerously slippery from wet weather and slick shoes. Rubber scraper mats conveniently and effectively minimize dirt and moisture from transferring across floors. Because of a weather-resistant design, these simple mats can be placed both outside and inside of the building for a streamlined look.
Since rubber scraper mats trap dirt, grime and bacteria into a pronged surface, regular cleaning is necessary. Fortunately, rubber scraper mats are easy to clean with water and a push broom every one to three weeks as necessary. In addition, a sturdy rubber backing allows for a slip-free fit and long wear.
Eagle Mat and Rental Property Safety
Eagle Mat and Floor Products holds more than 30 years of experience helping small businesses, facility managers, retailers and rental property owners from accident liability. To contact one of our customer service representatives, call us directly at 877-333-1018. We can help guide you through product specifics, costs and recommendations.