Did you know that you can assess where the possible hazards are in your rentals by looking at your reserve study? If you can identify areas where safety is an issue, you can formulate a plan to prevent accidents before your new tenants move in. We formulated a checklist of core safety and health issues that arise in residential properties. These problems are common in homes, apartments, and condos - essentially, any dwelling structure.

 

What is Expected From Property Owners?

When addressing property safety what we’re referring to is a property that keeps tenants safe from physical harm, damaged structure, and criminal activity. It also means creating a healthy environment in and around the building. A property management company will be required to perform routine inspections of the property to mitigate risk. What are you looking for?

 

●        Structural stability of the roof, walls, floors, and stairwells

●        All systems are working correctly: plumbing, heating, electrical, water heater, HVAC, ventilation, elevators

●        Harmful substances such as lead paint, asbestos, mold, high levels of carbon

●        Vulnerable entries where criminals can invade

●        Pest and rodent infestation such as rats, mice, ants, termites, etc.

●        The property is sanitary and free from sewage issues.

 

Interior Safety Checklist

The inside of a house or condominium is host to a wide range of possible safety hazards that most people never think of. Each of these components can cause all types of problems once they become damaged or wear out. Here are some interior items you need to inspect and maintain regularly:

 

●        Doors

●        Lights

●        Outlets

●        Ceilings

●        Walls

●        Floors

●        Fireplace

 

Appliance Checklist

Appliances are a leading cause of accidents in rental properties. In many cases, the machines were not well-maintained or replaced when they failed to work correctly. If you have the following appliances in your properties, we should inspect them and replace them as needed.

 

●        Smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide alarm

●        Furnace, boiler, or other HVAC systems

●        Clothes washer and dryer

●        Stove and oven

●        Water heater

●        Built-in toasters, microwaves, or other small appliances

●        Refrigerator

●        Dishwasher

 

The Role of Property Management Companies

Keeping up with inspections and documenting all information can be a daunting task for any property owner. That’s why owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul turn to Gassen to manage their properties. We can develop a game plan to keep your properties safe and healthy for your tenants while updating your reserve study as we go. We specialize in managing high-end properties across the Twin Cities here in Minnesota. To schedule a consultation with one of our local property management experts, contact us at 952-922-5575, or you can message us on our contact page.