It is that time of the season so landlords should consider fire pits and rental property, the maintenance tip this week from Keepe , which looks at some of the do’s and don’t for fire pits.
Fire pits are very popular, and no doubt your tenants have thought about gathering around one into the crisp evenings of fall.
However, some freestanding fire pits – especially in a common area – could be unsafe and present major hazards to both tenants and property landowners. So correct setup and handling of fire pits is important.
If you’ve decided to allow a fire pit on your property, there are things you can do to protect both your real estate investment and your tenants.
The pit should be placed far enough away from any residences and in a place where the ground is level. Before starting to build a fire pit, you should check with the local ordinances about possible restrictions.
Fire or gas fire pits
These are two options for fire pits. When it comes to convenience, gas fire pits can produce instant flames. If you choose gas, you’ll need to change out the gas tanks when empty. With a wood fire, you’ll need to have a dry area for a stockpile of logs. For maintenance of gas fire pits, the gas valves should be cleaned regularly to avoid buildup. Log fire pits, on the other hand, don’t need much maintenance at all. Aesthetically, fire glass for gas fire pits can come in many different colors and give a very contemporary look to any outdoor area, while log fire pits give more of a rustic feel and look.
Permanent or portable?
If you have chosen a gas fire pit, you will most likely want it to be a permanent fixture. Portable fire pits are still an option for those who want to store them on a seasonal basis or move them around a common area or yard.
Materials and size?
Most owners who choose a permanent fire pit tend to use stone, brick or concrete for the basis of the pit.
Portable fire-pit users can choose from many different types of metals, copper being the most popular choice. When choosing the right size, you don’t want the fire pit so big that it takes up too much of the yard or makes too big of a statement. You also don’t want it so small that it wouldn’t be ideal for a group to use.
Fire pits and rental property safety
If you have a tenant who has installed or used a fire pit without permission, you simply cannot trust that they have taken the necessary precautions or that they understand the dangers and liability this brings to you as the property owner or manager.
Not knowing about a fire pit on your property won’t stop it from causing damage and injury.
Remember to monitor what your tenants are doing and if a fire pit is important for your property in a common area, take charge and get it done in a safe, responsible manner.
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