Outdoor Grilling Safety Rules

Good rules keep grilling safe and fun. We suggest you post these rules, in addition to instructions on the safe use of your particular grills, at your multi-family common areas.

  • Never leave a grill unattended once it is lit.

  • Remain alert and considerate to others.

  • Be aware of any wind-blown sparks.

  • Be sure grills are placed on a stable surface.

  • Use long-handled barbecue utensils to avoid burns and splatters.

  • Wear well fitting clothing, use flame retardant mitts.

  • If grill flares up, raise the grid the food is on, spread the coals out, or lower the temperature.

  • Don't conduct any activities around the grill during or following its use.

  • Keep combustible materials a safe distance away.

  • Never attempt to move a grill while still hot.

  • Contact the community office if you have specific questions about using grills.

Swimming Pool Safety Rules

Safety at the Pool

Good rules make for safer pools. We suggest you post (and enforce) these rules at your multi-family pools.

If a child is missing, always look in the pool first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

  • Parents and guardians must watch children at all times.

  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied.

  • Parents and guardians should always keep a phone with them.

  • No running, diving, or playing rough.

  • Do not push others into the pool.

  • Check the depth before entering.

  • Be aware and considerate of others.

  • No electrical appliances in the pool area.

  • No swimming after drinking alcohol or taking medications.

Right to Quiet Enjoyment

What is the "implied covenant of right to quiet enjoyment"?

There are two terms we need to define: Implied Covenant and Right to Quiet Enjoyment (RQE).

Implied Covenant

An Implied Covenant is a promise, or responsibility, that is assumed by law, explicitly stated or not. Every lease in California contains two implied covenants. These are the warranty of habitability and right to quiet enjoyment. Warranty of habitability requires certain livability thresholds, and will be the subject of a later post.

Right to Quiet Enjoyment

A property owner or tenant's right to possess and use his or her property without disturbance, including by a person with superior title. A disturbance of an owner or tenant's possession or use may constitute a nuisance.

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These rights have long histories, and derive from English Common Law. It can be difficult to define them in clear and explicit terms, as they are the result of a great deal of case law. A reasonable summary of a tenants rights under Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment:

  • use of property without unreasonable interference

  • reasonable privacy

  • freedom from unreasonable disturbance

  • exclusive possession

  • use of common areas for reasonable purposes without significant interference

What are you responsibilities as a landlord.

Many violations of a tenant's RQE are easy to avoid for a professional landlord. They involve unprofessional snooping in a tenant's private life and property. As landlord, you can violate someones RQE by:

  • Entering units without proper notice

  • Going through tenant's personal property without permission

  • Verbal abuse or harassment of tenants

  • Restricting use of portions of the rented property

  • Enforcing unreasonable rules that prevent enjoyment of the property. Example: a "No Guests" policy.

  • Not remediating violations between tenants.

Disputes between tenants are a common issue related to right to quiet enjoyment. They are also the hardest to prevent. Most common are noise disputes. Problems with harassment or disputes over use of property also arise. If a tenant complains about a violation of these rights, a landlord has a responsibility to act.

Steps to Take in Tenant Disputes

  1. Investigate. Some people are very sensitive, others are vindictive and complain from spite. Try to verify the tenant's complaint before moving forward. If you can verify the complaint...

  2. Evaluate the Complaint. Does this issue violate the tenants rights? Or is it a simple inconvenience? If it is a violation....

  3. Address the Offender. Talk to noisy or abusive tenants. Inform them that the behavior is not permitted and can result in eviction if continued. Write, and keep copies of, letters documenting the behavior and your response. If they don't stop their offenses...

  4. Evict. If a tenant continues to violate the rights of other tenants, they place you at legal risk. Failure to remediate the situation could result in:

  • Inability to collect rent from the offended party.

  • In some jurisdictions, may be liable for damages resulting from 'mental anguish'.

  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, treble (Triple damages) judgments are not unknown.

TL;DR As landlord, you have a responsibility to ensure your tenants can use their property, without unreasonable disturbance from you or your other tenants.

On-Site Manager

On-Site Manager

A good on-site manager is critical to your property's success. They may show units to prospective tenants, collect rent, or perform maintenance. They may do all these things. While duties may vary, your on-site manager is the face of your building, and provides a crucial value. This value is often repaid in informal ways: cash, a yearly bonus, or most common, rent credit. These informal agreements often leave you, the employer, vulnerable to a wage-claim suit.