Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Could You be Held Liable for Unsupervised Children?

Every landlord knows the value of a safe rental unit or community. Whether your tenants are five of 95, safety is critical to everyone. But when kids go unsupervised by their parents, your property could be full of hazards - and you might not even know it!

An attractive nuisance is the legal term for an object that might appeal to kids in some unexpected way. Old appliances, junked cars that don't run any longer, power tools and construction material might not seem exciting to adults, but imaginative kids simply see opportunities to get creative. Should they play with these materials unsupervised and find themselves injured, you could be held liable.

Being a landlord comes with a lot of responsibility, so do your part to move these attractive nuisances out of sight of kids before danger strikes. Lock up tools and materials, and get rid of junked furniture, appliances and vehicles. 

If you had an object on your property that you're not willing to move but might be dangerous to kids, talk with your insurance company about it. They may be able to offer insight. And of course, make renters insurance a priority for your tenants!

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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