A common holiday tradition is hanging Christmas lights. However, would it be wise to let your renters hang Christmas lights on your Evanston rental house? Give this some thought first before allowing them. With all of the things that can go wrong, there are good reasons why you should not allow your tenants to hang their own Christmas lights on the roof or tall trees. But your tenants can still enjoy this part of the festivities. You can still help your tenants decorate their homes while ensuring their safety.
Probably the best reason not to let your tenants hang Christmas lights on their own is the risk of possible injury. From 2007 to 2013, more than 173,000 people in the U.S. were injured by hanging Christmas decorations in their homes. Hanging Christmas lights on a home’s exterior is probably the most dangerous part of it.
Every holiday season, an estimated 13,000 people injure themselves by falling off the roof or getting shocked by Christmas lights. Landlords are usually held responsible for a tenant’s injuries if it is proven that loose or slippery roof tiles were part of the reason for the fall. To add, there is also the risk of electrical shock or overloading the existing breakers. Even if your property’s roof is in good shape, you could still find yourself in a legal battle.
Another reason not to allow your tenants to hang their own Christmas lights is the possible damage to your rental property. Nails, screws, and other hardware often used to secure strings of lights, garlands, and other Christmas decorations can leave ugly holes in walls, both interior, and exterior.
These small holes on exterior surfaces can invite insects or water into the walls of the home, which can cause extensive damage and lead to expensive repairs. There are a lot of ways to decorate without causing damage to walls or exterior surfaces, however, you won’t know if your tenant will do any of these. And since they are renters, they might not take the same precautions against damage that you, the owner, would.
As you keep both your tenant’s and your rental property’s safety in mind, you might want to offer your tenant another way to enjoy Christmas lights on their home while keeping liability and damages at bay. You can do this by hiring a professional to do the Christmas lights installation on the home for your tenant. These liability insurance-carrying professionals will be more than able to do the job faster, easier, and safer than your tenant could.
What’s more, these professional light installers often also offer services to take down Christmas lights from the home post-holiday. Although paying someone to hang Christmas lights on your rental house might not be your first choice, it could be worth the price.
Aside from improving safety and property protection, you can also build goodwill with your tenant by helping them enjoy their holidays, which can improve other aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship.
May it be hanging Christmas lights or just doing routine property maintenance, managing a rental property can keep you busy this holiday season. Why not let Real Property Management Chicago Edge do it for you? Our property management professionals have the resources and expertise you need to feel confident that your investment and your tenant are both safe and sound this holiday season. Would you like to learn more? Call us at 773-904-7700 or contact us online today!
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