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Is Your Rental Property a Potential Hazard to Your Tenants?

Broken Arrow Tenant Looking at Mold in His Rental HomeA good Broken Arrow landlord would want their tenants to feel safe in their rental homes. But sometimes potential hazards in the home can develop unless you take precautions against them. There are three most common household hazards that can make tenants very sick or even cause death if unchecked. To make sure that your rental property doesn’t pose dangers to your tenants, it is important to be aware of these household hazards and how to prevent them.

Toxic Mold

Moist areas plus a food source, such as cardboard or paper, are very inviting places for mold to grow. The first noticeable sign of mold is a musty smell. Many different kinds of molds look ugly but are not really harmful to people. However, Stachybotrys, or black mold, can cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to their spores. Reactions to toxic mold can range from respiratory distress to, in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock.

Preventing mold growth in your rental home is fairly easy. Simply running an exhaust fan in steamy bathrooms, airing out the house, or installing a dehumidifier in the basement can all keep mold away from your property. However, if you find black mold, it is best to call a professional who can remove it right away and also fix the moisture source causing the mold.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a big problem for older rental homes. However, asbestos is fairly harmless as long as it is not disturbed within the walls or other closed areas. If your rental property has asbestos in the walls, your tenants have to be made aware so they can be careful not to drill holes or pound nails into the walls. Even small openings can allow asbestos to enter the home and cause mesothelioma cancer.

You should not attempt to remove asbestos by yourself. This is best done by licensed professionals with the right equipment to prevent asbestos-related illnesses.

Fire

Household fires are another common hazard in the United States. It is estimated that an average of seven people dies every day from house fires. Oil is the most common cause of cooking fires. Dryer lint, on the other hand, usually start laundry room fires. Faulty appliances, electrical issues, and unattended candles are also major causes of household fires.

To prevent fires from starting in your rental home, here are some things you should do. First, you must ensure that your rental home is free from electrical issues and that you do regular cleaning and maintenance of the dryer vent. Second, fire safety education must be part of your tenant orientation. There must also be fire extinguishers and smoke detectors on your property. If you follow these simple steps, you can minimize the chances of your rental property catching fire.

Ensuring the health and safety of your tenants can be a daunting task. Why not let the experts help? At Real Property Management Tulsa, our comprehensive property management and tenant relations programs are designed to keep both your property and your tenants safe. To learn more about the services we offer, call us at 918-532-7020 or contact us online today!

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