All around the country, people eagerly anticipate the arrival of Memorial Day and the promise of summer that it brings. Through the years, Memorial Day has come to mean holding a barbecue or gathering with family and friends. Your tenants will likely celebrate Memorial Day with a social event of some kind as well.
It’s important to know what can be done to keep things under control in terms of social gatherings in your Aurora rental homes. Learn more about the top three things you need to know about Memorial Day parties in their rental homes.
1. Put It in the Lease
Making sure that your residents’ keep their Memorial Day parties from becoming large events that increase the risk of damage and liability can be challenging. How many people is too many for your property? Can (and should) you try to restrict your residents from consuming alcohol? What is your policy about residents grilling or building fires in the yard? Having the answers to the questions can help you define the direction your resident’s parties go before they even happen.
The maximum number of party guests, agreeable noise levels, and more can all be addressed in your lease documents. Craft your lease documents to explicitly limit the number of people they can invite, with larger numbers requiring special permission. The number may change, but “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours” is a popular pick.
2. The Do’s and Don’ts of Alcohol and Grilling Policies
Large events like these usually involve the consumption of alcohol. Because you can’t legally prohibit alcohol on your property, you must include specific language in your lease that addresses illegal activities. It should also lay out the specific consequences of allowing such activity on your property.
On a similar note, when residents want to grill or otherwise have open flames on the property, the lease should have already explained the rules and safety issues related to fire. Even quality barbecue grills can become a fire hazard if misused, so you should be clear whether grills are allowed and under what terms.
3. Renters Insurance and Renters Legal Liability
You must always ensure that your residents have their own renters insurance. The possibility of damage and injury increases considerably if a large gathering does occur. If damage or injury does occur, you could be held responsible unless residents have their own insurance coverage.
In regards to any party or social gathering at this time, please keep in mind the current recommendations by the CDC. Although there are places in the U.S. that are opening back up, most areas still restrict gatherings to a certain number of people. Remind your Aurora tenants to be mindful of current restrictions within their city or state to keep themselves and your community safe.
Keep your property safe by being diligent in enforcing the terms of the lease agreement. If a party gets out of hand and loud, destructive, or illegal activity is taking place, see to it that you act promptly and decisively to hold your residents accountable.
That is the reason we are here! Let us help you! At Real Property Management DuPage Preferred, we will monitor activity in the residence and help you craft lease documents designed to keep party plans within acceptable limits. You can contact us or call us at 630-427-2200 for more info today!
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