Although there are many different Halloween traditions across the many cultures of America, one of the most popular ones is trick-or-treating. Many kids all across the country— including Miami— get excited at the prospect of free candy. Your tenants may be eager to don a costume and go out trick-or-treating, or they may prefer to stay home and receive costumed guests for candies. No matter how they choose to participate, there are some things to consider to ensure that the evening is a safe and enjoyable one for all. Now, as a property owner, regular tenant communication is encouraged, and this includes providing some safety tips on trick-or-treating.
The first thing we’ll take up are a few simple safety rules that should be followed should your tenants choose to go out trick-or-treating. Something you could do is suggest to your tenants to use reflective tape on costumes or carry flashlights to help improve visibility while walking down dark streets. It will also help to give them some advice about costumes. Avoid masks that obstruct your vision and skip the oversized shoes, robes, or skirts that could cause someone to trip and fall. Tell your tenants that, when they leave the house, they should secure all doors, douse any candles, and turn off all electronic decorations. This is because of the huge risk that candles and electric decorations pose— if left unattended. They are one of the leading causes of residential fires on Halloween.
The second topic we’ll look at is about how to properly prepare for visitors. After all, this is also a huge part of the Halloween celebration. Being the property owner, you can help by doing regular landscaping maintenance or ensuring that your tenants have done so. Something you can do before the holiday comes is to clear away overgrowth, low-hanging branches, and other potential hazards.
Tell your tenants that they could help make the fun evening go smoother by clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, as well as removing any tripping hazards like garden hoses. It’s also a nice idea to check the property’s exterior lights to see if they all work. If not, you may need to replace any burned-out bulbs. As you do your check, also notice if there are dark areas around the property. These should be illuminated with extra light sources, such as landscaping lights or even battery-powered tea lights in decorative bags. A clear and well-lit walkway is a safe walkway.
If your tenant plans to display jack o’ lanterns, then they should do so safely. Here are a few tips you could give to them. First, keep doorways and walkways free of candles and other hazards. You could also suggest to your tenants to use lighting sources that do not require an open flame. However, if your tenant really wants to use candles in their decorating, make sure that they are placed at a safe distance from where visitors might be walking or standing. Another important thing is to ensure that all exterior decorations your tenant hangs up are properly secured. Should a decorative item fall and injure a visitor, that would be a disaster. Or what if an improperly placed candle would burn someone or start a fire? This could result in, among other things, a lawsuit against you as the property owner.
There are some additional precautions your tenant can take to prevent accidents and injuries on Halloween. If your tenant has pets and plans to give out candy on Halloween, they should be sure to keep their furry friends indoors and secured in a safe location. It’s what’s best for the pet during this time. This measure sees to it that nobody gets hurt because a dog was stressed out by strangers. Together with that, wouldn’t you absolutely hate it if you get sued because your tenant’s dog injured someone?
Your tenants should also know that not all items are considered safe and appropriate for trick-or-treaters of all ages. The popular option is store-bought, individually wrapped items. These are the best, provided that they are big enough to not pose as a choking hazard. In a lot of areas, families leave a bowl of treats outside. This is a good idea especially if your tenant is not planning to hand out candies themselves. When you do this, you’re not only making it more fun for the children but you’re also helping your own rental property from becoming the target of Halloween pranks and vandalism.
Educating your tenants is really an important responsibility that falls on the shoulders of rental property owners but it takes a lot of time to do it. Now, because your real estate investing business requires a lot of your time and attention for many things, it might make sense to hire a Miami property manager. Real Property Management Sunshine is an expert in the industry, providing services that allow you to spend your time on more valuable aspects of rental property ownership. Please contact us online or call us at 305-930-7867 to learn more about what we have to offer property owners like yourself.
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