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Residents and Super Bowl Parties: Five Things Landlords Need to Know

Super Bowl parties are a fun gathering many look forward to every year, but they can make some landlords nervous. Here's how to keep things under controlSuper Bowl parties are a part of American life. People from everywhere in the country get together in their homes or host and attend private parties. Some even celebrate at large public events to cheer on their favorite team. Most likely, your residents will also be celebrating the Super Bowl with some sort of event. Because of this, when it comes to resident parties, you must know what you can do in advance to ensure things don’t go out of hand. These are the five things St. Petersburg 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

If you want to avoid the higher risk of damage and liability, you must make sure you can keep your resident’s Super Bowl celebrations from becoming large affairs. How many people are you willing to allow on your property for any kind of party? Is it possible to restrict your residents’ alcohol consumption? Are you going to 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. The lease documents should explicitly state the limit on the number of guests you allow on the property at any given time, requiring special permission for larger numbers. Most leases stipulate “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours”.

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. This is very helpful if damages and injury occur in the event that your resident does host a large party on your property. You could be held responsible for any damage or injury that does happen unless your resident has their own insurance coverage.

Protecting your rental homes requires diligent enforcement of the lease agreement terms. You should also act quickly and decisively to hold your residents accountable if a party becomes too loud, destructive, or include illegal activity.

If you need help, our experts are always available. At Real Property Management TradeWinds, 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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