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A.D. Cantelmo Property Management
Our Business is Property Management in Orange County California


How to minimize Landlord Liability



Every Landlord has their liability problems in the back of their mind and anyone who is thinking about getting into the Landlord business should take some time and understand what types of liability problems could pop up
Let’s take at some of the Liability issues that could come up, and the best ways to avoid them.


Privacy


The best way to avoid many of the issues that lead to liability payouts is for a Landlord or their Agent, to inspect the property on a continuous schedule. Finding things that need to be dealt with can allow you to correct problems that can lead to issues in the future. Now in California we need to inspect smoke alarms and c/o detectors two times per year and those inspections should also allow the Landlord to go over other issues in the property with the Tenant, without being accused of intruding on the Tenants privacy. Many Landlords make the mistake of thinking that they can access the property at any time, but that is just not true and you need to be very careful to allow the Tenant their privacy rights.

Injury

If a Tenant gets injured on the property, and they can show that the Landlords negligence caused the injury then the Landlord can be held responsible. This goes back to inspecting the property and also goes back to what I wrote about in my last blog, “My Tenant want to do some  work on the home”. You have to be very careful about allowing Tenants to do anything on the property that is out of the norm. If a Tenant complains about something that needs to be fixed, then you need to respond quickly and keep track of the complaints and the response.

Discrimination


As a Real Estate broker in California, it is drilled into you from day one that you will not have a license for long if you show any bias or you discriminate for any reason and a Landlord needs to follow the same rule. When you are dealing with Tenants or potential Tenants, treat everyone the same and you will be in good standing

Libel and Slander

No matter how angry you get, do not insult in words or your writing your Tenants. You always need to handle things professionally. Now that everyone is on social media, you need to remember that if you say something that can lead back to a Tenant, you can be held responsible. Never put anything on social media about your Tenants unless it puts them in a good light and you get their permission.

Safety

Again, going back to the inspections of the property, a landlord needs to be vigilant in keeping the property safe and that includes security for the Tenants. If you are getting complaints from Tenants about security, you should contact the local law enforcement and get information on how to help the Tenants feel safe. A Landlord has no control over what is going on with crime around the property, but if an effort is made to give Tenants the tools and information they need to be more secure, then you are doing your best. Also if a Tenant wants to leave due to safety concerns, then you should allow them to do so, even if they need to break their lease.

Pet Liability

Some Landlords do not allow pets, fearing that if a dog injures someone then they will be held responsible. This comes down to the “Should have known” principle. If a Landlord should have known that a pet could be dangerous, or the Landlord has some control over the pet, then they could be held responsible. Just renting a property to a dog owner, does not assert liability to the Landlord.

Tenant behavior

If a Landlord gets complaints about a Tenant from others who live on the property, then you need to take those complaints seriously and address them. If you just ignore the complaints and it leads to problems, then the Landlord could be held responsible.

These are some ways that Landlords can have exposure to liability issues and I’m sure that many more can pop up, but if a landlord stays vigilant, they can minimize the problems. A Landlord should think about liability, like an athlete thinks about injury., if they are worried about getting injured, they will, but if they don’t worry about  it, but do all the right things to help avoid injury then they are less likely to get injured. If a Landlord does all the right things to avoid problems, it will not mean that problems won’t arise, but they will be less likely. A Landlord should spend less time worrying and more time correcting.









A.D. Cantelmo Property
Management Specializes in Property Management in Orange County Ca.

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5 reviews 5.0 star rating 1/21/2016 I was tired of using a large management team to manage my investment property. I felt I was always on the back burner. I was recommended to Tony from a business associate, he assured me I would be very pleased. Well that was an understatement, Tony is amazing. He's above all honest and always available for my concerns. I'm not as well versed as other investors with property management and maintenance and tenant relations, Tony has been an excellent partner and has guided me through quite a bit of needed repairs and worked far beyond what was expected to help turn my little investment into quite a prosperous investment, If what your looking for is prompt return calls, honest direction and someone very knowledgeable with general contractors and real estate laws, Tony is your man. Angela

 

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5 reviews 5.0 star rating 1/21/2016 I was tired of using a large management team to manage my investment property. I felt I was always on the back burner. I was recommended to Tony from a business associate, he assured me I would be very pleased. Well that was an understatement, Tony is amazing. He's above all honest and always available for my concerns. I'm not as well versed as other investors with property management and maintenance and tenant relations, Tony has been an excellent partner and has guided me through quite a bit of needed repairs and worked far beyond what was expected to help turn my little investment into quite a prosperous investment, If what your looking for is prompt return calls, honest direction and someone very knowledgeable with general contractors and real estate laws, Tony is your man. Angela

 

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