Are Your Tenants Heating Safely This Winter?

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As a landlord, you have a lot of things to worry about. Even if you have fantastic tenants, there is a certain amount of stress that automatically comes with having someone else live on your property. In the wintertime, these anxieties can be amplified. Between snow removal and furnace malfunctions, the winter months give landlords plenty of ways to stay busy. Unfortunately, many tenants don’t understand some basic safety measures when it comes to heating their unit. If they feel cold, their actions could put them and your property in danger. Follow these simple tips to help your tenants and your investments stay safe this winter.

Schedule Autumn Maintenance

It’s a good idea to check on your building’s furnace system yearly. Having a professional inspect and clean your furnace in the fall ensures that your tenants aren’t left in the cold when winter comes. These appointments also provide peace of mind that the home’s heating system is working the way it should and minimizes the risk of overheating or malfunction.

Monitor Space Heaters

Especially when a building’s heat is not controlled on a per-unit basis, tenants may turn to space heaters to warm them. It’s best to note if any space heaters are present when you inspect the units and remind your tenants to make sure that space heaters get turned off when not in use. They should also be aware of the dangers of using a space heater with extension cords or power strips.

Check and Monitor Alarms

Make sure to check the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your units regularly to ensure that emergencies can be handled quickly. It may be beneficial to install electronic thermostats, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This helps you monitor your property’s safety without intruding on your tenants.

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