Here are 4 things to help prepare your tenants in case of an emegency.
As a landlord, preparing for disaster goes beyond making sure you are protected during a disaster.
You also need to think about your tenants and your rental property. Here are a few tips on advising your tenants to get themselves ready for an emergency.
1. Provide tenants an emergency checklist in the welcome packet
When a tenant moves in most landlords hand them an emergency contact list, helpful hints about the property and a map of the neighborhood. It’s simple enough to add one more thing to the packet and you can download a pretty comprehensive list for free from the California Volunteers here.
2. Start an emergency kit
Put together a first aid kit, a case of water and a couple of flashlights with extra batteries in the hall closet or pantry. Advise the tenant on where it is stored and encourage them to build on your foundation.
3. Be sure they are familiar with the property
Show them how to turn off the water main, locate the fuse box and connect to the backup generator if there is one.
4. Ask them to consider renter insurance
Your policy might cover damage to their things if there is a disaster but encourage your tenants to get their own policy to protect their things. It is better to be safe.
The likelihood of you being available during a disaster is slim so empower your tenants and help feel more comfortable in your absence.