New Year’s Eve is a festive social holiday that is celebrated not only in the United States but also all over the world. It’s a celebration for the year that was and a welcome party for the year that will come. Families and friends getting together, gathering over parties, or public ceremonies will be happening on one particular night. Your Brentwood tenants, too, will most likely welcome the New Year’s Eve with a social event of some kind. Because of this, you have to know what your terms are when it comes to your renters throwing parties in your rental homes. There have to be specific conditions as well as guidelines that must be adhered to make sure parties are held under control and of course, how to take a proactive approach from the language in your lease documents to proper enforcement of its terms.
It is a challenge to make sure that your tenants’ New Year’s Eve celebrations are kept under a manageable level and not be an affair too huge to handle that it would increase the risk of damage and liability to your property. Questions such as, how many people are allowed when there is a party? Is alcohol allowed? Can you try and restrict the use of alcohol? Are your tenants permitted to set off fireworks or noisemakers at midnight?
These kinds of questions (and more) must be deliberated in your lease documents. The wording in your lease should explicitly restrict the number of visitors allowable on the property at any given time, with larger numbers requiring special permission. The specific number can vary, but “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours” is a popular option.
While you can’t lawfully forbid the consumption of alcohol by your renters, you can insert specific language in your lease that addresses illegal activities and lays out the specific consequences of allowing such action on your rental property in Brentwood. You might also reconsider preventing large numbers of people, an unnecessary level of noise, or a significant quantity of vehicles. Fireworks should be forbidden at all of your rental homes, but you might acknowledge making a special note of holiday-related activities (such as loud music or noisemakers) that would create a public nuisance for the rest of the neighborhood.
Another thing you can do is to make sure that your tenants have their own renter’s insurance including renter’s legal liability. In the event that a large party does occur on the property, the possibility of damage and injury increases considerably. If damage or injury does occur, you could be held responsible unless your tenants have their own insurance coverage.
Eventually, protecting your rental homes demands that you are intent in enforcing the terms of the lease agreement. If a party gets out of hand and loud, destructive, or illegal activity is taking place, it’s necessary to act quickly and decisively to hold your renters accountable.
The good news is that you don’t have to do all of this on your own. At Real Property Management One, we will ensure that your lease documents include specific and binding language while monitoring activity, watching for those things that may not comply. Please contact us online or by phone at 925-794-8339 to learn more about what we can do for you.