There are many steps that you can take to protect your Douglaston investment properties from vandalism. But even the best prevention is no guarantee. With 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 develops, it’s easy to experience a sense of violation and frustration as you take care of the police, your insurance company, while undertaking to make repairs and offering sympathy to an equally offended renter. But realizing what to do when vandals strike can help recover your sense of confidence and make the recovery process just a bit easier.
The moment that vandalism is found, it is important to contact the local authorities and file a police report. Your tenants might take it upon themselves to make the phone call, however, as the Douglaston property owner, you should communicate with the investigating police officers and make sure that all property damage is documented in a formal report. You’ll want to have documentation for yourself and your insurance company as well. Taking picture of the damage is great to do. If you are not going to be at the property right away, you can have your tenant or your property management company handle the documentation.
Collaborating with your insurance company is an important step in the process of handling repairs. They will need to be involved as soon as the damage occurs. When it comes to fixing the damage caused by the vandal, you will be fully responsible to take care of it, unless your renter or one of their guests was the cause of the vandalism. A great preparation measure is to make sure that your landlord insurance policy helps to cover damages. If not, you may have to pay for the repairs yourself.
Sooner or later, vandalism can frighten your tenant, this fear can go beyond the physical damage that was caused but can be more emotional, creating feelings of fear and anxiety. abandoning Their sense of security has been breached and they may need reassurance from you that things will be looked after as well as evidence that you or your property management company are working hard to repairing both the rental property and their capacity to live safely in it.
At Real Property Management Innovation, one of our primary concerns is making sure that both your tenant and your rental property are safe and sound from vandalism and other unnecessary damages. But if vandals do create mayhem, we will provide all the documentation and create a recovery plan for you, making sure that your property is restored right away. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call us at 516-570-9275 for details.
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