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Steps To Take After a Rental Property Fire

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Apartment building, roof destroyed by fire, windows boarded up An apartment building damaged by fire in Coconut, FL.

Steps To Take After A Fire

Your tenants may not know one another very well, but what happens in one space can easily affect the others. Just one apartment fire in your rental property in Coconut, FL, may compromise the whole structure, so it's important to repair the damage as soon as possible. While your tenants are responsible for their own belongings, making the building an inhabitable space again is your duty.

Call Mitigation Experts
After the fire is out, your first call should be to fire restoration specialists. The initial assessment will result in a report about the building's fire damage:

  • Compromised walls
  • Ruined insulation
  • Soot-damaged vents
  • Scorched flooring
  • Weakened ceilings
  • Broken appliances

From this point, the technicians can walk you through the remediation process, from tearing out everything that can't be salvaged to matching the paint job between the old and new walls. Stay aware of where the technicians are in the process so that you can give updates when needed.

File an Insurance Claim
The estimate you receive from the mitigation company is helpful when it comes to filing your claim for the damage caused by the apartment fire with your insurance provider. The adjuster will probably still want to take a walk-through and take pictures to document the damage, but it helps to have a ballpark figure of what the cleanup process will cost. The more information you can provide, the easier your claim will be to process.

Communicate With Tenants
Your displaced tenants may feel stressed out about the situation, so it's important to stay in touch with them. Keep them informed about the timeline for moving back into their homes. Continue to provide the same level of customer service they've come to expect throughout the repair process.
An apartment fire can spread easily, and flames in one unit can lead to extensive damage in the spaces around it. Knowing the right steps to take can help everything get back to normal as quickly as possible.

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