The following information is intended to be used as a guideline for property owners, landlords, tenants and others who might be involved in the maintenance of their properties.
The following information may not be applicable to every situation.
It is intended as a general guide to keep you safe.
Property owners, tenants, and others should take this information with a grain of salt.
It does not address the need for an additional security plan, but rather the general principles of how property owners should manage their properties and their security measures.
In this guide, we’ll focus on the properties listed in our database, so let’s jump right in.
Bachelor and senior apartment buildings with three or more units (1,500 square feet or more) The following rules apply to properties in our community: All units must have a roof top security perimeter, a common perimeter (which is the boundary between the building and a nearby public property), a common entrance gate, and a common exit gate.
The common entrance and exit gates must be at least 4 feet wide.
The exterior and interior walls of the building must be painted black and must be installed with steel mesh.
Owners must maintain a safe, secure and visible perimeter of at least 6 feet.
All units are required to have a separate and distinct entrance and exterior perimeter that is approximately 10 feet by 20 feet.
If a building has more than one unit, each unit must be separated by at least 20 feet and must have separate entrances and exits.
The unit must have at least three doors and no more than four separate entrances.
A fire alarm system must be located within the unit.
All units must be equipped with a fire extinguisher, which must be in an accessible location, and must maintain its distance from the building.
A smoke alarm system, such as a smoke detector or smoke sensor, must be placed within the units.
There must be no smoke, fire or sparks from the exterior of the property to cause a fire alarm to be triggered.
A fire alarm must be activated only when the owner’s security system has been activated.
If a fire is triggered, the owner must call 911 immediately.
Any tenant or guest who is a resident of the unit should have access to the property.
All occupants must be wearing a life jacket.
Tenants who are not resident must have access by either: A designated door or window.
A designated entrance.
A registered owner.
A tenant’s registered agent or agent’s assistant.
A member of the tenant’s household.
It is also illegal for anyone other than a tenant or tenant’s agent or representative to enter the unit, except in the following situations: An emergency situation that is outside of the rental unit.
An accident or other emergency.
An emergency occurs when a tenant who is not a resident is threatened or harmed by another tenant.
Failure to follow the security rules outlined above can lead to property damage.
Landlords should take the following steps when dealing with security issues: Identify and remove all smoke detectors in the unit prior to the start of the tenancy.
Ensure that all smoke alarms have been activated before the tenant begins their tenancy.
This can include using a smoke sensor system.
Never leave a tenant unattended.
This means locking the door and placing a security blanket over the door.
Use a smoke alarm before a tenant leaves the unit for a period of time that is not less than 10 minutes.
Be sure to monitor the property’s electrical and mechanical systems to ensure that they are operating properly.
When using smoke alarms, be sure to test the system on a periodic basis.
If the system fails to provide an accurate reading, consider replacing it.
Provide a smoke barrier around the building at all times.
The following are some of the common ways to provide smoke barriers: At the front entrance.
At the back entrance.
At the entryway to the unit (front, back, or both).
At a side entrance.
Smoke barriers at the entrance and rear entrance must be made of a material that will not be damaged by fire.
The material should be durable enough to withstand fire and moisture.
Tightening the smoke barrier can increase the likelihood of a fire occurring.
Install fire-resistance devices at the back of the dwelling unit.
The most common device is a smoke sprinkler system.
This device is usually attached to a smoke-proof sprinkler.
It can be activated by a user’s voice or by the doorbell.
Smoke sprinklers can also be used in conjunction with smoke alarms to create a barrier.
Smoke alarms are usually used when the tenant or resident has already left the unit during a fire or other unexpected incident.
If you are concerned about a tenant’s safety, it is important to take the appropriate steps to secure their property, such a: Secure the doors and windows of the home to prevent entry by unauthorized persons.