Embellishing the house for Christmas is a time-honored tradition for renters and homeowners alike. Many tenants want to adorn their eaves and windows with strings of lights, adding a cheerful twinkle to long winter nights. But hanging Christmas lights on a house is not a bit as uncomplicated – or as safe – as putting up other holiday decorations. You can, by no means, be in the dark as to what the final effects will be, as everyone has various opinions of what consists of a tasteful holiday display. For several reasons, Mission Valley property owners and landlords have to consider this well before granting permission to their renters to hang Christmas lights single-handedly.
Consider the Risks
According to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 1,000 serious injuries produced by hanging Christmas decorations each year. Falls, electrical shocks, cuts, and abrasions critical enough to dash people to the emergency room are precisely some of the inconceivable dangers of hanging lights.
Another liability risk is decorations that do not comply with the regulations of Common Interest Communities (commonly known as Homeowner Associations) and other local governances. A CIC, for example, may have serious laws about how many and what set of Christmas decorations are accepted, and on top of that, when and how long they may be displayed. If your tenant violates CIC regulations, you may find yourself on the hook for fines, disciplinary action, or other unwanted consequences.
Ensuring your property is in compliance may call for you to disallow renters from hanging their own Christmas lights. Although no one wishes to be a holiday grinch, the liability that is present with tenants executing their own Christmas decorating is not something property owners can afford to leave to chance. For that reason, there is a necessity of discussing and signifying reasonable holiday decorating guidelines with your tenants.
No matter the season, it’s significant to observe your properties thoroughly, a service that is an essential detail of the Real Property Management Realevate Specialists’ manner of property management. Our expert property managers know full well the worth of performing regular property evaluations and guaranteeing your tenants are safe and in compliance with their lease. To understand more, please contact us online or call our Mission Valley office at 858-997-2100 or our Temecula office at 951-461-0100 for more information.
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