There are many steps that you can take to protect your Norwalk investment properties from vandalism. But even the best prevention methods have 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 takes place, it’s easy to get lost in the feelings of violation and frustration. Especially when you are working hard with police officers, your insurance company, working on getting repairs taken care of, all while you are trying to give consistent reassurance to your equally upset tenant. Being prepared and knowing what to do when a vandal strikes can help you rebuild that confidence and make the transition process of recovery that much easier.
Once the act of vandalism have been detected, it is important to contact the local authorities and file a police report. Your tenants may take it upon themselves to make the needed phone call, however, as the Norwalk property owner you should communicate with the investigating police officers and make sure that all property damage is documented in an official police report. Also, it’s a good idea to have documentation for you and your insurance company. Taking photos of the damage is a good way to do this. If you are not able to go to the property yourself right away, you might have your tenant or your property management company handles the documentation.
If the act of vandalism was not created by your tenant or one of their visitors, it will be your responsibility as the property owner to handle all necessary repairs. Collaborating with your insurance company is an important aspect in the process and should be involved from the very beginning. As a form of preparation, it is a good idea to review your landlord insurance policy helps to cover these kinds of damages because if not, it will be your responsibility to pay for the repairs.
Lastly, vandalism can be a scary event for your tenant. Their sense of security can feel as if it was violated. This can create a lasting feeling of fear and anxiety. They are going to need reassurance that you are taking care of things as well as wanting evidence that you or the property management company are working hard to restore both the rental property and their trust in safety.
At Real Property Management Long Beach, one of our top priorities is having both your tenant and your rental property guarded against vandalism and other unnecessary damages. But if vandals do make a mess, we will handle all the documentation and conduct the recovery process for you and make sure that your property is back in top shape as soon as possible. Would you like to find out more? Please contact us online or call us at 562-270-1777 for details.