It’s 2016 and there’s no denying that owning San Diego Rental Property is still one of the best ways to build wealth but the reality is that it only takes one accident or mechanical failure at your rental property to end everything.
In this post we will share with you some common mechanical safety issues that you should be on the lookout for at your rental property in San Diego.
#1 – Non-Working Smoke Detectors
One of the most common reasons why smoke detectors stop working is because a tenant will forget to change the batteries out each year even when the smoke alarm chirps and warns the tenant that its batteries need to be changed.
Many tenants “unplug” or the smoke detector instead of changing the batteries. Make sure your lease has a smoke detector addendum making the Tenant responsible for upkeep of the detectors as well as liability if they fail to do so.
#2 – Personal Property Stored To Close to the Water Heater
Another major problem you should be on the lookout for when you own San Diego Rental Property is when your tenant stores their personal property too close to the water heater. This is a major problem, especially for “closet water heaters” because it’s a fire hazard that could result in the home going up in flames. This should be pointed out to the Tenant during the Move-in Walk thru, and then verified during any mid-term inspections.
#3 – Dirty Air Filter
The next major problem property management companies and all owners should be on the lookout for in our rental properties is dirty HVAC air filters. This is a big problem because a dirty air filter means that your air conditioning / heating unit will not work efficiently and this will ultimately affect the long term performance of your heating and cooling unit. The coils end up freezing over and not only does this make the unit work harder, it can bring with it a hefty AC repair bill.
Your lease should instruct Tenants to routinely change the filter, and this should be monitored during midterm inspections. More importantly, GoldenWest recommends you be proactive and leave about 6 filters at the property for the Tenants to change…total cost, no more than $10!!!
#4 – Slow Drips in the Ceiling
Sure we don’t see rain very often in the San Diego area but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to rain at all during the year.
Sadly many tenants won’t think about a slow drip if they see that the roof has leaked a little bit after it’s rained but the reality is that the slow drip will affect your rental property because it could lead to moisture build up in your attic and pests in your home.
This can’t be more important…demand that Tenants immediately report any leaks, including discoloration in the drywall or ceilings. Mold, or structural stability can be compromised with prolonged exposure.
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