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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. Across the country, people come together in their homes, hold private parties, or celebrate in public events to cheer for their favorite team. Most likely, your residents will also be celebrating the Super Bowl with some sort of event. 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 Big Rapids 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

It can be challenging to keep your resident’s Super Bowl celebrations from turning into large affairs that can potentially increase your risk of liability and damage. How many people are you willing to allow on your property for any kind of party? Can you impose restrictions on alcohol consumption on your residents? Will you allow your residents to broadcast the game outdoors? It will help a lot if you decide on these questions in advance so you can address and manage your resident’s parties even before they happen.

Put It in the Lease

The maximum number of guests, tolerable noise levels, and other things can be addressed in your lease documents. Limit the number of guests you are allowing on the property at any given time by explicitly stating this in your lease documents. There isn’t any specific number, but most landlords indicate “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours” as the limit.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Alcohol

You cannot legally prohibit the consumption of alcohol on your property, however, you can use specific language in your lease to address illegal activities and lay out the consequences your residents will face if they allow such activity on your rental property.

Noise and Public Nuisance Ordinances

Excessive noise, too many parked cars, and other party-related events may become a public nuisance that could land you in an unnecessary legal tangle. 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

As a landlord, you must also make sure that your residents have renters insurance. If they do host a large party on the property, the possibility of damage and injury increases considerably. You could be held responsible for any damage or injury that does happen unless your resident has their own insurance coverage.

One of the best ways to protect your rental home is to diligently enforce 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.

But you do not need to worry, you have experts ready to lend a hand. At Real Property Management Investment Solutions, 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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