New Year’s Eve in the United States is one big social holiday. People across the nation either go to their homes and have a small gathering, attend private parties, or go all out and celebrate at large public events. They celebrate as they say goodbye to the year that has passed and they say hello to the year that has come. Your Bellevue tenants will probably do something similar and hold some kind of social event to celebrate New Year’s Eve. For this reason, on the topic of your renters throwing parties, it’s necessary to know what you can do to keep your rental home safe and make sure the parties don’t become excessive. You can take a proactive approach: from the language in your lease documents to proper enforcement of its terms.
Keeping your tenants’ New Year’s Eve celebrations from turning into rowdy events that increase the risk of damage and liability can be tough. To illustrate, if there is a party in your property, how many people are allowed to join? What about alcohol consumption– would it be a good idea to restrict it, and can you even legally do that to your tenants? What if your tenants what to celebrate by setting off fireworks or noisemakers at midnight?
Issues like these can all be seen to in your lease documents. The wording in your lease should explicitly state the allowable number of guests permitted on the property at any given time; and if the tenant would want even more people, they should ask for 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 prevent your renters from consuming alcohol, you can put in specific language in your lease that addresses illegal activities, and write down in no uncertain words the specific consequences of tolerating such behavior on your rental property in Bellevue. You might also think about prohibiting huge amounts of people, extreme noise, or lots of cars. Fireworks should be banned at all of your rental homes, and you might need to emphasize holiday-related activities (such as loud music or the use of noisemakers) that would generate a public nuisance for everyone in the area.
Another thing you can do is to require renters insurance (including renters legal liability) from your tenants. Because, in the case that they do throw a large party on the property, the likelihood of damage and injury increases considerably. If there really is damage or injury, you could be held accountable unless your tenants have their own insurance coverage.
Finally, to make sure your rental home is protected, you must be diligent in enforcing the terms of the lease agreement. If a party gets chaotic, and loud, destructive, or illegal activity is taking place, it’s vital that you act fast and be adamant that you hold your renters accountable.
The good news is that there is no need for you to do all of this alone. At Real Property Management Eclipse, we will ensure that your lease documents include specific and binding language while monitoring activity, watching for those things that may not comply. To know more about what we can do for you, please contact us online or give us a ring at 425-209-0252.