Sound stair railings in multi-family dwellings are a necessity. Because if a tenant falls or is otherwise injured going up or down a set of stairs in your building, not only will your tenant be hurt, but you could be sued. However, if your stairs are up to code, then there can be room for debate on who’s fault the accident was which also gives you a clear conscience. To help with this, the International Building Code provides a code of construction and design for all buildings and different structures which fall under this code. It addresses both the design and the installation of commercial railings which emphasizes the required performances of the products used. This is the code you would follow when installing the needed railings for your rental properties.
For example, each exterior and interior flight of stairs which has more than four risers needs handrails. The handrails should be on one side of the stair and on every open portion of a stair. This would include landings, balconies, decks, ramps or any other surfaces where people walk that are more than 30 inches above the floor. For more safety, a handrail can be installed on both sides for extra grip.
Commercial railing is used specifically for commercial properties. These properties would include multi-family dwellings, apartment buildings, motels and condos. Anywhere there would be a balcony that requires a safety barrier also. So, if your building has a balcony, commercial safety railing must be used so that the person in the apartment or condo is safe when venturing out onto a balcony.
Safety railings don’t just protect the people using them too, but they also protect the property owner as well from legal action. So, if you’re buildings are up to code, then you can know that you’ve done everything that you need to do to be within the law which makes you a good landlord.
Keeping your buildings up to code is one way to avoid accidents.
One of a tenant’s biggest gripes is a lack of parking. So in areas where parking is at a premium as an example, coming home from work late and not having a parking space can cause volatile problems. As a multi-dwelling property owner, it’s up to you to have the parking situation sorted out then before it ever becomes an issue. So below are some suggestions on how to do just this:
- Posting signs: Have signs posted everywhere and in the correct places. Since every municipal area is different, find out where you need to put the signs up then, and what they need to say. This is in case cars need to be towed which don’t belong there. You can cover yourself in this way with the correct sign postings.
- Clear markings: Be sure that the parking spaces are properly designated for your rental properties. Have the lines repainted regularly so that the parking stalls are clearly marked. Hiring a construction company to do this will mean less of a headache for you too.
- Make sure that you know the law: There are laws dealing with people who park in parking spots unlawfully for and against. You must make an honest attempt to find the owner of the car before you can have it towed for instance. This means that you can’t watch people pull in and park when you know that they don’t belong there either and then have the car immediately towed when they walk away. This is illegal.
- You must be consistent: This means if your policy is to have cars towed which are parking illegally, you have to do it. Whether someone is parking there because of a party or someone is there because they’re visiting, they still get towed if they don’t follow rules for this type of activity. This also applies to handicapped parking spaces too being used illegally.
- Have numbered spaces: Another idea is to have as assigned parking space per tenant. This way every tenant has a parking space. If you have room, you can offer spaces for tenants with more than one car or visitor parking additionally.
Keeping parking from being an issue is only common sense.