Management Of Investment Property Costs Baby Isabella’s Life
A REAL LIFE STORY…
This is not a happy story but I believe every property owner not just Seven Hills needs to read to remember that property management really is serious business.
The death of baby Isabella who fell from her father’s arms when his foot went through a rotten veranda has prompted a coroner to recommend an overhaul of the rental industry and how maintenance of properties is managed.
Isabella was seven weeks old when her father dropped her over the veranda after his foot went through a rotten piece of wood in their rented home.
Isabella suffered a fractured skull and passed away a few hours later.
The details of Isabella’s death, which have been made very public via the media, are simply just too horrific and graphic to share.
What we need to take from this tragic story is that as a property owner and as managing agents we both have a duty of care to ensure that the property is fit and safe for the tenant to reside.
Our internal prevention policies to minimise risk to tenants consists of:
- Regular routine inspections
- Educating the tenants on the importance of notifying our agency in writing with maintenance concerns
- Strong recommendations to property owners to conduct annual building, pest and pool safety inspections
- Recording everything in writing
- Open communication and follow up until maintenance issues are resolved
If our office does provide you (as the owner) with feedback on repairs, renovations or maintenance it is important that all parties act promptly.
When managing maintenance we are very proactive, especially when dealing with high risk areas.
Investment Property AREAS OF HIGH RISK
- Dry rot on stairs, verandahs and railings
- Faulty locks
- Electrical issues
- Pool safety compliance
- Inadequate lighting around the external parameters of the property
- Ripples, tears or loose threads in the carpet
- Anything to do with the structure of the building
Just to name a few…
- Death of baby spurs action on property rentals
- Baby’s death ‘could have been avoided’
- Inquest begins into deck death of baby Isabella Diefenbach
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
Since then he has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. He is a regular guest blogger on TheHomePage.com.au, sharing his expertise of marketing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest passions are his wife, martial arts, dogs and most of all property.