Houses built before 1978 often had lead in the paint which has been discovered to be toxic and a serious health hazard for kids under 8 and pregnant women. Federal law requires that you have the owner and tenant sign this to disclose the potential presence of (or lack of) this poison in the home. The owner signs this document to reveal to you (and the tenant) any knowledge they have regarding any lead paint in their home. Copy the original the owner signs and have every tenant sign (a copy) before you move them in. Use the same original over and over. Just have the tenant sign a copy and keep it with other important tenant documents.
Every one of these documents is the result of getting burned, blamed, fined or fired for something we either didn’t do right or didn’t disclose adequately. You can have your attorney draft each of these documents and tweak them over the next 10 years as you go through your learning curves, or, download them and be up and running instantly. It’s not a matter of IF you’ll need them, but WHEN. Protecting Yourself is a full time effort in property management.
“The longer you’re in property management the more you realize that it’s sticky, often hostile, sometimes even litigious. Over 35 years I’ve been burned many times by owners, tenants, vendors, staff and third parties and after the second or third time (I’m a slow learner) I would go back to the attorney and have her draft a document that prevents it from ever happening again. Blaming property managers has reached an all-time high and isn’t going away anytime soon. So, understanding this reality, smart managers need to spend extra time, money and effort building/crafting documents designed to protect themselves, even from the folks they are trying to serve. We’ve pulled these documents from our archives and have listed them here for your review and downloading individually (or in packages by topic). We’ve laid this material out in the Property Management Life Cycle categories for purposes of giving the discussion some order.
Protecting yourself from Owners is what these documents are all about.
The Property Management Lifecycle by Crown Investor Institute LLC