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Residents and Super Bowl Parties: Five Things Landlords Need to Know

A Diverse Group of Young People Watching the Super Bowl on TVSuper Bowl parties are a part of American life. All across the country, people gather in their homes, attend private parties, celebrate at public events to cheer for their favorite team. It is highly likely that your residents will be celebrating the Super Bowl with a social event as well. This is why it is important to know in advance what can be done during resident parties to keep things under control. The five things listed in this article are what Redmond property managers and landlords need to know about Super Bowl parties in their rental homes.

Decide How to Handle Large Parties on Your Properties in Advance

If you want to avoid the higher risk of damage and liability, you must make sure you can keep your resident’s Super Bowl celebrations from becoming large affairs. How many people are you willing to allow on your property for any kind of party? Is it possible to restrict your residents’ alcohol consumption? What if your residents want to do an outdoor broadcast of the game? When you have decided on these questions in advance, it becomes easier to address and manage your residents’ parties even before they happen.

Put It in the Lease

The maximum number of guests, allowable noise levels, and other possible concerns can all be addressed in your lease documents. Explicitly word your list to limit the number of guests allowed on the property at any given time. You may also require permission for a larger number of guests. Although there is no specific number, a popular option is “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours”.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Alcohol

Unfortunately, you can’t legally prohibit alcohol consumption by your residents. You can, however, specify in your lease something that addresses illegal activities and state the consequences of allowing such activity on your rental property.

Noise and Public Nuisance Ordinances

Too much noise, too many cars, and other party-related issues can create a public nuisance that could get you into a legal tangle you don’t need. To address this, include in your lease any noise and parking ordinances that may conflict with a resident’s party plans. Make sure they are informed of any restrictions on the allowed hours and volume of game broadcasts and the maximum number of visitors’ cars.

Renters Insurance and Renters Legal Liability

You should also ensure that your residents have their own renters insurance. This is very helpful if damages and injury occur in the event that your resident does host a large party on your property. You could be held responsible for any damage or injury that does happen unless your resident has their own insurance coverage.

You can protect your rental homes by diligently enforcing the lease agreement terms. You should also act quickly and decisively to hold your residents accountable if a party becomes too loud, destructive, or includes an illegal activity.

If you need help, our experts are always available. At Real Property Management Eclipse, we will ensure that your lease documents include the correct language for party situations and monitor activity in residence. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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