Louisville Landlords With Fireplaces When the weather gets colder outside, your tenants may turn to that amenity you touted during the showing of the house, the fireplace.

Late December or January is when most Louisville Rental tenants start thinking about lighting the fireplace rather than spin the thermostat for warmth.

Either prior to this season or even prior to renting the unit look to these safety steps to take to keep your tenants protected as well as your asset.

Landlord to do list:

  • Inspect and clean your chimney at least once per year by a certified chimney sweep. (great add to the turnaround or re-rent checklist)
  • Install glass doors or at least a metal mesh screen to prevent embers from shooting out of the fireplace.
  • I know you already do this but; install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside and outside of sleeping areas. Change batteries once a year (during your maintenance inspections)

Tenant training points:

  • Keep the area around the hearth clear of debris, decorations, and any flammable materials.
  • Choose dense wood, such as oak, that has been split and stored in high and dry place for at least six month.
  • Stack firewood outdoors at least 30 feet away from the home.
  • They should never burn cardboard, trash, or debris in the fireplace. I know, duh, but tenants need to be trained.
  • Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
  • When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fire place on an adequate supporting grate.
  • Make sure the flue is open when building a fire.

It is understood that these suggestions are rudimentary and self-explanatory, but intentionally taking the time to not only train your tenants on using this amenity but also maintaining it will save lives and the cash flowing asset for Louisville landlords.

Additional Resource .pdf from the Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Association

 

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