One anticipated time-honored tradition for renters and homeowners alike is decorating the house for the Christmas season. Many tenants want to adorn their eaves and windows with strings of lights, adding a cheerful twinkle to long winter nights. However, hanging Christmas lights on a house is more demanding and hazardous than putting up other types of holiday decorations. You can also never quite be sure what the end result will be, as everyone has different concepts of what is considered a tasteful holiday display. There is more than just one explanation why property owners and landlords in Livermore should reconsider allowing their renters to hang Christmas lights on their own.
Consider the Risks
As claimed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 1,000 serious injuries produced by hanging Christmas decorations each year. Falls, electrical shocks, cuts, and abrasions dangerous enough to send people to the emergency room are merely a few of the possible perils of hanging lights.
Another liability risk concerns decorations that infringe the regulations of Common Interest Communities (commonly known as Homeowner Associations) and other local governances. A CIC, in particular, may indicate the kinds of Christmas decorations and how many of these decorations are authorized for use. This limits what the choices and styles one may have in mind for the holidays. On top of that, some CICs also have strict rules about how long the decorations may be displayed. If your tenant violates CIC regulations, you may find yourself on the hook for fines, disciplinary action, or other unwanted consequences.
In managing your property to be in compliance, you may be required to tell the renters to refrain from hanging their own Christmas lights. While no one wants to be a holiday Grinch and steal Christmas from the tenants, there is a liability that comes with them doing their own Christmas decorating. This is not something that property owners can afford to leave to chance. This is why it is important to discuss and summarize what you consider are appropriate holiday decorating guidelines with your renters.
It’s crucial to monitor your properties carefully, no matter the season. This is a service that is an essential part of the Real Property Management One move towards property management. Our expert property managers comprehend the worth of completing regular property evaluations and looking after the safety of your tenants and in observance of their lease. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 925-794-8339 today.