Who’s responsible for rental property damage after massive storms?

first_imgWe manage a large number of properties around the Brisbane region. So, when announcements start getting sent out about severe weather patterns property managers start strapping on the head gear, getting the high vis out and bracing for impact.Many of our colleagues around the state, especially in north Queensland, have been inundated by calls of damage but in the inner city Brisbane region we faired quite well.The main areas of damage have occurred in flood prone areas or with properties that had pre-existing roofing issues.It is however a timely reminder for investors of the importance of insurance and addressing maintenance requests as quickly as possible.Insurance premiums that include flooding have spiked since the 2011 floods. Adding a flood cover to your policy can add thousands of dollars to your premium, so the question is often asked “do I need it?”.The large majority of the contents will be the tenants responsibility and fall under their contents insurance, which means even in times of flooding you may not need to claim.So its not always necessary. But it is insurance and when you need it you tend to really, really need it.Our advice to clients relates to ‘return on investment’, how much will it cost and can you afford to cover it if the worst happens? The answer to those questions holds the answer.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoWho’s responsible for the clean up when big storms hit.Planning for these emergency situations will ensure that when disaster strikes you and your property are as protected as possible.However, where costs can shift from tenant to landlords are in those situations where there are pre-existing requests for maintenance about leaking rooves or where blocked drains have gone unanswered.This can potentially put landlords in the firing line if they haven’t acted on these requests and what would have been a tenants cost can now be passed on to the owner.In this age of litigation and when consumer protection watchdogs are at their most alert it is essential landlords are up to date with their responsibilities. Maintenance must be kept up to date and there is now even more compliance certification needed.There is a lot of bottle neck legislation that pushes compliance onto landlords. Currently it’s a landlords responsibility to ensure safety switches are complaint, smokes alarms are checked and serviced as well as pool fences all certified to current state compliance laws. Checking these items has now created an entire industry of compliance services businesses and there will be more checks to come.Owning an investment property does come at a cost and providing shelter similarly comes with a responsibility. Every property investor should be allocating a portion of their annual budget for prevention maintenance, reactive maintenance, insurance and compliance.last_img read more

Syracuse tries to give back to troops in Fort Drum stay

first_img Published on August 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb FORT DRUM, N.Y. — As much as head coach Scott Shafer praises the troops at Fort Drum for how they influence his Syracuse program, the feeling is mutual.“They look up to the players,” Dave Doyle, commander of the second brigade combat team at Fort Drum, said of the troops. “Some of the players that these troops are going to eat breakfast with are going to be on the field matching skills against some of the best players in the country. They’ll remember that.The Orange is back in Fort Drum for training camp for the third year in a row, and the budding relationship indicates that the tradition won’t be ending anytime soon. Syracuse kicked off its stay at the army reservation, which is situated just Northeast of Watertown, N.Y., on Tuesday and will interact with troops on the base each day until Friday.Former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone started the trend in 2012, and his successor Shafer  — whose uncle, cousin and two grandfathers all served in the military — gladly carries it on.Some of the troops that the Orange interacted with last year were deployed to Afghanistan but have returned in time to reconnect with the players all over again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“To me, coming from a big military family, I’m taken back when I get around you guys,” Shafer said in a press conference after his team’s practice Tuesday. “It’s just great to be part of this. I’m looking forward to meeting the new faces and new names and I hope some of those troops and players can rekindle their relationships.”SU benefits from the experience in three major ways, Shafer said.“For our guys to sit across from the troops,” Shafer said, “and understand, ‘Hey, I’m 21. He’s 21. He’s up in the mountains in Afghanistan putting it on the line for our country so I can go out and play football,’ that’s the first thing we get out of it.”The Orange also learns how to maximize its small-group leadership from the Fort Drum troops, the head coach added, but the trip is also a chance to offer something in return to the troops.“Anything that we can give back to them in some small degree — and that’s all it is, really, is a small degree — is something that we take great pride in,” Shafer said. “I think this thing is just going to blow up in the next few years and I’m excited to be a small part of that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more