Renting a home isn’t just for the young. In fact, according to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, “Since 2005, the number of renter households aged 50 and over has increased dramatically, jumping from 10 to nearly 15 million, and accounting for more than half of all renter growth over the past decade.”
The report also states that baby boomers (aged 50-69) are highly responsible for the increase in older renters. The boomers have all now aged into the 50 category and are driving up renter numbers.
A number of older renters are transitioning by choice. Renting offers them more cost-effective options that require less time, physical effort and money to maintain than a house they own. They can also choose more accessible options, like first-floor or single-floor living, no steps, walk-in showers, and other elements designed for the older population.
Older renters are also more concerned about safety than their younger counterparts—both for their physical safety and security. As an older renter, here are some tips to make your rental home safer.
Safety Tips for Older Tenants
Place a fire alarm in each bedroom and on each floor
To make sure toilets are not too low, add a toilet seat riser
Wipe up spills immediately
Wear non-slip footwear
Secure rugs with carpet tape, and avoid throw rugs, especially around stairs
Add nonslip strips or rubber bath mats to tub and shower floors
Add a portable shower seat and a handheld shower nozzle
Add extra lighting
Use handrails when ascending and descending stairs
Keep bushes around entrances and windows trimmed
Keep the floor and passageways clear
Don’t rush across the house
Replace electrical appliances that have fraying or damaged cords
Don’t overload electric outlets or extension cords
Never leave candles burning in an unoccupied room
Keep windows and doors locked
Plan an evacuation route with at least 2 exit points from each room
Do not let strangers into the house when you are alone
Designate an emergency contact
Safety Elements Landlords Can Add
Relocate electrical outlets to higher access areas
Add handrails in hallways, and grab bars in bathrooms and showers
Repair loose railings and broken steps and walkways
Install floor surfaces that are not slippery when wet
Install lever handles on doors
Always have an emergency contact
Propman Property Management is always concerned with tenant safety, for our tenants at any age. If you have questions, as a tenant, as to what you can and cannot add to your rental home for your safety, please give us a call. And always call us if you desire to install anything into the house. Permanent additions are often not allowed, or must be installed by a professional and licensed contractor.
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