As the homeless population grows in California, landlords need to consider the impact that this will have on their rental properties. There are multiple ways to protect your property from potential squatters, as well as all of the issues that come with an increase in the homeless population surrounding your rental property.
The Impact that the Homeless Population Has on your Property
When the homeless congregate on your property, particularly if they are mentally ill, it can be frightening or even dangerous for residents of the property. Trespassing is when someone unlawfully enters into another’s property and fails to leave after they have been asked to do so. Legal ramifications will vary between states, so there will be many different legal approaches for resolving the situation. Additionally, loitering on or around your property can lead to camping and trash accumulation, as well as an increase in theft and vandalism in the area.
What to Do?
Legal approaches to mitigating the loitering of the homeless population on your California property can be somewhat expensive and stressful. If you decide to take a legal approach, you should familiarize yourself with the trespassing laws in your city. There are many steps that can be taken in a non-legal capacity to minimize the impact that squatters can have on your property. Installing fences can help to prevent the homeless from ever entering the property in the first place. Barriers and other deterrents can be implemented to prevent loitering and sleeping on the property. This can be done with the use of fences, plants, lights, sprinklers, and more.
The homeless population in California doesn’t have to have a negative impact on your rental property. Preventing squatters from residing on the property can go a long way toward improving the environment of your property. To learn more about how landlords can deal with the impact of the homeless population, contact us at the Keyrenter in East Bay today!