Safety Precautions for Landlords and Property Owners

As a property owner and/or management company, minimizing risk and maximizing tenant safety are paramount to almost every other issue faced in multi-family housing. Committing to these 4 simple things could mean the difference between safety and liability:

Make sure your units are easy to find.

Confirm unit numbers are big enough to be seen from the street in the event of an emergency. Police and fire should be able to locate every unit without having to search. If necessary, trim branches and prune bushes and remove any and all obstacles obstructing the unit numbers.

Regularly maintain carbon monoxide detectors and smoke and fire alarms.

Every unit should be equipped with both fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s not enough to simply have them, but critical to create a regular maintenance schedule to replace batteries and test that they are in good working order.

Service Furnace, AC, and Ventilation Systems frequently.


Make it a priority to have all furnace, and HVAC systems routinely serviced for fire prevention and efficiency. Also, replace filters regularly. Clean filters lower energy costs and improve indoor air quality.

Inspect Electrical Systems

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According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), over 50,000 home fires are caused by electrical issues annually. Have systems checked and serviced by certified electricians as well as educate tenants about fire prevention and safety.

 For the ongoing safety of your tenants and to protect the investment in your property, consider a Turn-Key maintenance service contract with Stonebridge Builders. Stonebridge will create a schedule for all routine maintenance and be your go-to contact for any and everything service related. Call to schedule a consultation today.

Disclaimer: Do not rely on all links and citations for building accuracy. Owners should verify all current codes with their local building department and consult with a reputable General Contractor and/or Certified Professional prior to entering into a service contract or beginning construction.