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Residents and Super Bowl Parties: Five Things Landlords Need to Know

A Diverse Group of Young People Watching the Super Bowl on TVSuper Bowl parties are part and parcel of American life. People all over the country gather in their homes, host or attend private parties, or celebrate at public events to cheer on their respective teams. Your residents will probably celebrate the Super Bowl with some sort of event as well. For this reason, when it concerns resident parties, it is best to know in advance what can be done to keep things manageable and under control. These are the five things Exeter property managers and landlords need to know about Super Bowl parties in their rental homes.

Decide How to Handle Large Parties on Your Properties in Advance

If you want to avoid the higher risk of damage and liability, you must make sure you can keep your resident’s Super Bowl celebrations from becoming large affairs. How many people should be allowed on your property during a party? Is it possible to restrict your residents’ alcohol consumption? Are you going to allow your residents to broadcast the game outdoors? When you have decided on these questions in advance, it becomes easier to address and manage your residents’ parties even before they happen.

Put It in the Lease

You can stipulate the maximum number of party guests, acceptable noise levels, and the like in your lease documents. The lease documents should explicitly state the limit on the number of guests you allow on the property at any given time, requiring special permission for larger numbers. Although there is no specific number, a popular option is “no more than 10 for fewer than four hours”.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Alcohol

You cannot legally prohibit the consumption of alcohol on your property, however, you can use specific language in your lease to address illegal activities and lay out the consequences your residents will face if they allow such activity on your rental property.

Noise and Public Nuisance Ordinances

Too much noise, too many cars, and other party-related issues can create a public nuisance that could get you into a legal tangle you don’t need. To address this, include in your lease any noise and parking ordinances that may conflict with a resident’s party plans. Make sure they are informed of any restrictions on the allowed hours and volume of game broadcasts and the maximum number of visitors’ cars.

Renters Insurance and Renters Legal Liability

You should also make sure that your residents have their own renters insurance. In case a large party does happen on the property, the possibility of damage and injury increases. If your resident does not have their own insurance coverage and damage or injury does occur, you could be held liable.

You can protect your rental homes by diligently enforcing the lease agreement terms. It is important that you act promptly and decisively to hold your residents accountable should a party get out of hand and loud, destructive, or any illegal activity happen.

If you need help, our experts are always available. At Real Property Management Seacoast New Hampshire, we will ensure that your lease documents include the correct language for party situations and monitor activity in residence. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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