There are several proceedings you can take to protect your Hyattsville investment properties from vandalism. But even the top prevention have no guarantee. Roughly 15% of homes targeted by vandals each year, it is likely that one or more of your rental homes may eventually be hit.
When vandalism occurs, it comes with a sense of fear and frustration. Especially when you are trying to work with the law enforcement, your insurance company, making repairs, and trying to provide reassurance to an equally upset tenant. But knowing what to do when vandals strike can guide you rebuilding your confidence and making the road to recovery just a little bit easier.
As soon as vandalism is discovered, it is important to contact the local authorities and file a police report. Your tenants may take it upon themselves to make the phone call or may convey to you and hope you to compose the necessary report. However, as the Hyattsville property landlord, you should communicate with the investigating police officers and make sure that all property damage is documented in a precise statement. You’ll want to keep a record of the vandalism for yourself and your insurance company. Taking photos of the damage is a good way to do this. If you are unable to get to the property yourself, you might have your tenant or your property management company handles the documentation.
Unless the damages from vandalism were created by your tenant or their visitors, you will be responsible to make the necessary repairs. Working with your insurance company is an important step in the process and should be involved as soon as the vandalism occurs. Even before your property is affected by vandals, it is a good idea to make sure that your landlord insurance policy covers this type of damage. If not, you may have to pay for the repairs yourself.
Lastly, vandalism can scare a tenant. It not only leaves behind the physical damages but also emotion, creating feelings of fear and anxiety. Their sense of security has been violated and they may need both reassurance from you that things will be taken care of as well as visible evidence that you or your property management company are working hard to restore both the rental property and ability to live safely in it.
At Real Property Management Capital, one of our top priorities is making sure that your tenants and your rental property are safe from vandalism and other preventable damages. But if vandals do make a mess, we will handle the entire documentation and recovery process for you and make sure that your property is restored as soon as possible. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call us at 301-869-5001 for details.
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