Fire pits are a common component in numerous backyards. Even though fire pits can be fun, they can also bring some serious risks. These risks should make any Calabasas rental property owner think twice before consenting to one at their property. Encouraging enjoyment of the home is beneficial for tenant relations, and this comprises allowing renters to personalize their indoor and outdoor living spaces – to a certain level.
Before you say yes to a fire pit request, be sure to get all the information you need to make an informed decision. In the following paragraphs, we’ll go over some of the pros and cons of allowing fire pits on your rental properties, in addition to some essential things to consider before responding to a tenant’s request for one.
It’s Just Good Business
Maybe the most convincing explanation to allow a fire pit at your rental is that it will probably make your tenant happy. In addition, happy tenants are good for your business. Productive communication is the foundation of owning successful rental properties. Yes, you also need to set clear limits for your tenant so that they do not take advantage of your friendliness. Nonetheless, if a fire pit in the backyard will possibly keep them in your rental longer, it may be worth thinking.
For sure, every situation is different, so it’s imperative to understand the risks connected with residential fire pits – and that these risks may vary contingent upon who your tenant is and where your rental is sited. Sadly, about 5,000 Americans are injured every year by propane, charcoal, or wood-burning fires.
Because of the popularity of fire pits, the number of individuals harmed by outdoor fireplaces and fire pits tripled in just six years. Fires may become out of control swiftly, creating additional risks to your property along with the occupants. There’s no assurance that your tenant will know basic fire safety or exercise that good judgment when it comes to the open flames in their fire pit.
Moreover, several areas have regulations that restrict outdoor fire pits entirely or allow them only under certain conditions. Please make sure to research these regulations in your specific city, county, and state before allowing a fire pit to be constructed at your rental home.
More to Consider
Despite the risks, it is important to keep in mind that correctly setting up and handling a fire pit can help minimize them. If you believe that your tenant is responsible enough to observe proper safety guidelines, you could consider agreeing to a fire pit if certain conditions are met. To give an example, you should obtain comprehensive details about what kind of fire pit they want, as well as how and where it will be installed on the property. Your property’s curb appeal is important to your property values, including your ability to rent the property again in the future. You’ll need to ensure that the fire pit is not an eyesore or producing harm to your yard, patio, or home – the fire pit is placed too close to the siding, for example.
Likewise, a responsible tenant should still be instructed in fire pit safety, which you can do yourself. Consider sharing information with them or signing an addendum to the lease that authenticates their fire pit safety know-how.
At last, make certain to check with your insurance carrier about any possible effect allowing a fire pit may have on your coverage and rates. If you don’t, and your property is damaged, you may not be covered for the repairs. Your tenant must also have their own renter’s insurance that covers fire-related injuries and damage.
It might require some effort to determine whether to allow a fire pit at your rental or not, but it’s critical to have all the facts before choosing. Yet, if you’d rather spend your time on other tasks, Real Property Management West San Fernando Valley can do that for you. Our Calabasas property management professionals can help you handle all of your tenant’s requests and provide valuable advice and information you need to not just keep your tenants (and your property) safe but also profitable. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.
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