As we endure storm season, it’s important for Property Managers to be aware of the steps to take in case of extreme weather events.
According to the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA), maintaining open communication is key to ensuring the best outcome for everyone after storms, cyclones or flooding. Agreements for cleaning up and making repairs should be discussed.
Property Managers/owners have a legal responsibility to make sure the property rental is safe and fit to live in.
The repairs to be made should bring the property back to a livable condition and should comply with health and safety laws. Obligations for repairs and maintenance apply to building structures, fences, large trees, pools and any other inclusions.
Meanwhile, tenants should alert Property Managers of the repairs or maintenance they need. Tenants are responsible for cleaning up their own possessions.
Tenants are responsible for insuring their own possessions. However, Property Managers may need to make insurance claims for damage to the property after adverse weather events.
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