Tenant Safety – Principal and Property Manager’s Risk
It is the clear responsibility of both the Landlord and the Property Manager to ensure that the Tenant is provided with a safe property. If someone is hurt or suffers loss, they will seek and have been seeking compensation from both the Landlord and Property Manager. The Landlord’s defence may well be “I was paying a professional property manager to look after the property, so it was their responsibility!” Whilst there are defence arguments that could be raised against this, the courts have demonstrated that, usually, the claim is apportioned between the agent and the Landlord, with the majority of it going towards the agent, especially if any negligence could be demonstrated. This perceived negligence can be as simple as the property manager did not know about an issue or was not experienced enough to identify it or merely that they failed to remind the Landlord of the issue.
Irrespective, whether the agent was or was not contributory to the injury, one thing is certain, being that they will need to spend a very significant amount of time and cost preparing for and defending their actions. If they lose, then the situation moves to a totally different level regarding the magnitude of the claim and their ability to meet that claim. Successful claims have put agents out of business. This is always a reality with some successful personal injury claims have been awarded up to $30M in damages over recent years.
Do not risk your business!
The procedures are quite simple, landlords must remain briefed on property condition and potential hazards. Property inspections are core to this, with you collating information for the Landlord to assess and act upon. Failure by the Landlord to acknowledge and act on safety hazards exposes you and transfers risk elements back to you.
Your practice could end up facing a very expensive and time consuming claim let alone negative media attention. There have been examples of this regarding PI claims and it will continue. The growing number of solicitors focusing on the “no win – no fee” philosophy and the fact that recent coroner recommendations are highlighting the need for external inspections will drive additional claims.
Now, a single, clear and actionable report on rental property safety hazards that meets the needs of Landlords and Property Managers alike.
Introducing PropertySafe… a new world first initiative directly focused at ensuring that you and your business are protected. PropertySafe provides a detailed safety inspection and risk management system for the residential rental property market that virtually ensures, if followed, an agent will not have a successful personal injury claim against them. In fact, even the likelihood for a claim to be made against an agency will be significantly reduced.
The PropertySafe inspection and system, if utilised, will virtually eliminate all the risk from personal injury claims for Property Managers.
Recognising that Property Managers are not qualified, trained or equipped to assess the many risks associated with areas like decks & balconies, glass, steps, pools, handrails, fire alarms, gas leaks, or safety switches etc…….. PropertySafe removes this key exposure for both the Property Manager and the practice.
Currently, under existing legalisation, several groups inspect properties for specific isolated risks. With PropertySafe, our inspection covers 16 potential hazard groups, including the legislated ones, resulting in a single comprehensive report that summarises all the visible safety hazards found within a subject property.
To facilitate ease of use, the report identifies all recommended actions to ensure a property is safe and compiles them into a separate “Action” list plus produces an item specific quote document, with suitable photos and comments, to streamline the review, approval and repair cycle.
The PropertySafe inspections are undertaken by experienced and certified inspectors using a purpose developed mobile app, ensuring that every report follows a standard format, resulting in accurate and thorough reporting every time.
In addition, we have developed an exciting full maintenance system, Maintenance Manager, which will complete the risk loop AND provide you with state-of-the-art systems and mobile services. We guarantee that Maintenance Manager will deliver very significant time savings, which will result in true cost and risk savings for you and your business. Click here to learn more about Maintenance Manager and how it will change the way you work.
The benefits of the PropertySafe system are manifold. Virtually guaranteeing crucial protection against legal injury claims, PropertySafe delivers a clear and user friendly Maintenance Manager status dashboard and one-button functionality that includes auto despatching of reminders, quote requests, authority requests, access requests and more…..all of which reduces the demands on the precious time of Property Managers. All these benefits at no cost to you.
Don’t put yourself at risk. PropertySafe has the solution that every agent needs to ensure that their business is safe and exhibiting “best practice”. Talk to the team at PropertySafe and look at their systems to understand how they can help you today.