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Should You Let Your Tenants Have Grills?

Father and Son Grilling in Yard of Idaho Falls Rental PropertyIf you own Idaho Falls single-family rental properties, you’ll need to come up with a decision whether or not to enable your tenants to have a grill. There are various grounds you might not want to allow grills on the property – they pose a serious risk of fire damage, injury and can leave greasy messes. But definitely, such hazards can be weighed against your tenant’s ability to enjoy living in your rental home. Prohibiting grills brings with it its own potential problems, from feelings of frustration to a tenant who doesn’t follow your wishes and brings a grill onto the property anyway. Before you make a decision whether or not to approve your tenants to have a grill, it’s imperative first to take into account both the pros and cons.

Barbeque grills and smokers are a very popular part of American life. As many as 7 out of every ten adults in the U.S. own one. But as it turns out, the National Fire Protection Association reports, on the other hand, that grills are also responsible for an average of 8,900 home fires every year. On top of that, nearly 20,000 people end up in the emergency room every year because of grill-related injuries. The vast majority of these fires and injuries are generated by gas or propane grills, which are likewise the most known type of grill on the market.

These statistics support a valid consideration to prohibit your tenants from bringing a gas grill onto the property. As the owner, you have a sure responsibility to preserve and keep your property in a safe and livable condition. By approving a grill on the property, you could put your property and tenants at risk from fire and fire-related injuries.

One of the reasons you might additionally deny a tenant’s request to have a grill is the disorder and mess they lead to. Charcoal grills leave behind ashes that must be appropriately cleaned up and disposed of. And all grills become dirty from use, with grease and burned bits of food coating interior surfaces. If your tenant does not know how to clean their grill well with the right cleaners, they could cause a greasy mess on the patio, deck, lawn, or other yard areas. Ashes forgotten and left aside in the elements may blow around, coating the house’s exterior surfaces and generating a real mess that will be difficult to clean up. In view of the fact that it can be tough to determine whether your tenant will responsibly clean up after their grill, you have to think that the wisest thing is to convey to them from the outset that they can’t have one on the property. Another thing to consider is your building’s exterior. If you have vinyl siding, as for instance, a grill could melt or damage the home.

On the other hand, it can be difficult to monitor your tenants close enough to notice that they’ve brought a grill onto the property. Perhaps, though you notify your tenant they can’t have one, they’ll bring one anyway. If you’d consider accepting that fact rather than resist it, there are certain ways that you could successfully find an agreeable compromise between your tenant’s desire for a grill and keeping them and your property safe. For example, electric grills are safer and far unlikely to make structural fires than other grill types. That is because electric grills do not have open flames. Even though it may not be your tenant’s preference, enabling them to have an electric grill might help you develop friendly relations with them while successfully evading the more serious risks posed by gas or charcoal grills.

It’s really relevant to create and set up good and open communication with your tenant. This can help you see and realize whether your tenant would be someone you could have confidence with to have a grill on the property. If you come up with a decision to allow any grill, you should impart clear language in your lease documents and provide information to your tenant with respect to the best strategies for operating and cleaning up after their grill. If you opt to prohibit grills altogether, you equally need to add that clearly in your lease along with consequences for violating those terms. Many tenants may do their best to sneak in a grill onto the property heedless of what the lease conveys. If such is the case, and you catch them doing it, your lease should spell out what steps you will take as a result. After that, all you have got to do is simply follow through and enforce the terms of the lease.

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