There are many steps you can take to shield your Castroville investment properties from vandalism. But even the with the best preventions there is no assurance that it won’t happen to you. 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 happens, it’s easy to experience a sense of violation and frustration as you deal with the police, your insurance company, repairs to the damage, all while trying to offer sympathy to your equally upset renter. Realizing what to do when vandals strike can help recover your sense of confidence and make the recovery process just a bit easier.
The instant that the vandalism is discovered, it is important to contact the local authorities and file a police report. Your tenants may take it upon themselves to make the call or may let you know and ask you to make the narrative. However, as the Castroville property owner, you should communicate with the investigating police officers and make sure that all property damage is documented in an official report. You’ll also want to document the vandalism for yourself and your insurance company. Taking pictures of the damage is a good way to do it. If you are not able to go to the property yourself, you might have your tenant or your property management company handle the documentation.
Unless the vandalism is created by your renters or one of their visitors, you will be responsible to take care of all the repairs. Working with your insurance company is a necessary step in the process of recovery. They need to get involved as soon as the vandalism has occurred. Even before your property is affected by vandalism, it’s a good idea to follow up on your landlord insurance policy to make sure that it covers this sort of damage. If not, you will have to pay for the damages yourself.
Ultimately, vandalism can be a frightening time for your tenant. It leaves behind not only the physical damage but also the emotion damage creating a feeling of fear and anxiety. Their sense of security has been violated and they may need added support from you that things will be taken care of as well as visible evidence that you or your property management company is working hard to restore the rental property and their safety.
At Real Property Management Alamo, one of our top priorities is making sure that both your tenant and your rental property are safe from vandalism and other preventable damages. But if vandals do create mayhem, we will handle the entire documentation and recovery process for you and make sure that your property is restored as soon as possible. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call us at 210-600-5672 for details.