As a commercial property owner, building maintenance is one of those ongoing tasks that can take up a lot of time. It’s easy for routine tasks and non-urgent repairs to end up at the bottom of the priority list and this can mean they go ignored for longer than they should.
For many property owners, hiring a professional to take care of their ongoing maintenance needs is the obvious solution. A professional can not only save you time and money, they can also reduce the chances of a legal headache as a result of building maintenance issues. Legal problems can be extremely costly and time consuming and many of the potential issues are easily preventable if you know what to look out for.
As a commercial landlord you have certain obligations and responsibilities towards your tenants. It’s important that you comply with these requirements if you’re going to keep your business safe from potential legal action. Even if you do comply, if a tenant claims that they were injured or their property was damaged due to negligence on your part, you can still face a potentially lengthy and costly legal battle.
Here are a couple of the surprising legal benefits of hiring a commercial property maintenance company to take care of your building maintenance.
- Deal with smaller issues before they become big ones. When it comes to property maintenance, prevention is always going to be better than the cure. Small issues if neglected long enough can become large, potentially dangerous hazards. A commercial maintenance company will know to take care of the smaller issues before they get out of hand and leave you at risk of complaints or legal action.
- Keep up to date records. Any decent building maintenance professional will know to keep a log of all work carried out on and around your commercial building. This is important in the event that someone tries to sue you for an injury or accident that occurs on your property. The ability to demonstrate that you have met all your responsibilities greatly reduces the chances that you will be considered negligent and at fault.
Hiring a commercial property manager has a number of benefits, and helping avoid legal problems is just one of them. It might not be the most obvious reason to use a property manager but if you do face potential legal problems, choosing a property professional will really pay off.