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

A Diverse Group of Young People Watching the Super Bowl on TVSuper Bowl parties are a tradition in 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. Your residents are also likely to celebrate the Super Bowl with an event of some sort. 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. This article lists the five things a Logan Circle property manager and landlord needs to know about Super Bowl parties in their rental homes.

Decide How to Handle Large Parties on Your Properties in Advance

You will want to keep your resident’s Super Bowl parties from becoming big affairs if you want to avoid the risk of damage and liability. How many people will you allow on your property during a party? Can you impose restrictions on alcohol consumption on your residents? What if your residents want to do an outdoor broadcast of the game? To address and manage your resident’s parties better, it’s best that you decide on these questions in advance.

Put It in the Lease

Your lease documents should address the maximum number of party guests, allowable noise levels, and other possible concerns. Explicitly word your list to limit the number of guests allowed on the property at any given time. You may also require permission for a larger number of guests. Most leases stipulate “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours”.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Alcohol

You can’t legally prohibit your residents from consuming alcohol, but you can include specific language in your lease about illegal activities as well as lay out the consequences of allowing such activity on your rental property.

Noise and Public Nuisance Ordinances

Excessive noise and other party-related events may become a public nuisance and embroil you into an unnecessary legal tangle. Because of this, your lease needs to address any noise and parking ordinances that could conflict with your resident’s party plans. Ensure, as well, that they are aware of any restrictions on the allowable hours and volume of game broadcasts and even the maximum number of visitors’ cars.

Renters Insurance and Renters Legal Liability

Another thing you should ensure is your resident’s own 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. Unless your resident has their own insurance coverage, you could be held responsible for any damage or injury that occurs.

Diligently enforcing the lease agreement terms helps protect your rental homes. You should also act quickly and decisively to hold your residents accountable if a party becomes too loud, destructive, or include illegal activity.

Our experts are always ready to help when you need them. At Real Property Management DC Metro, 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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