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Protecting Tenants and Landlords: Navigating Legal Liabilities in Rental Properties

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 26, 2024
Improved Rental Health

The concept of habitability in rental properties may sound like common sense, but neglecting any of the basic maintenance services required by law can lead to legal liability for owners and landlords, challenges for property managers, and serious health problems for tenants. Monica Gilroy, a real estate lawyer and founding principal of The Gilroy Firm in Atlanta, recently spoke with property managers about reducing risks associated with lead-based paint and mold.

Gilroy emphasized the importance of being certified to deal with repair, renovation and remediation involving lead-based paint. In July, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed an update to its rule requiring property managers to hire a certified professional to handle such tasks. While the public comment period ended in late 2023, the agency was expected to release a final decision in Q1 2024. If implemented, this rule could require property managers be certified to handle lead-based paint repair and remediation.

If tenants claim there’s mold in their unit or in the building, Gilroy advises prompt investigation. Property managers should look at any test results commissioned by the tenant and create written procedures and a checklist in response to any reports of mold. Develop instructions for tenants that outline what they should do whenever they believe they have encountered mold. This information was adapted from a webinar titled “How to Avoid Legal Liabilities When Dealing With Property Owners and Investors,” moderated by Rental Beast, the National Association of REALTORS®’ exclusive recommended software provider in the rental space.

By Samantha Nguyen

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