A friend of ours recently called Propman Property Management and told us about some minor vandalism that had been happening in her Northern Virginia community. It involved several teenagers who were pulling pranks on the homeowners and causing minor damage in the neighborhood. She didn’t know how to handle the problem – whether to confront the vandals herself or call the authorities – so she turned to us.
The right thing to do was to call the property manager, who could then make the correct decision on how best to handle the problem. The property manager is experienced in handling small incidents like vandalism and can best determine the next step of action, whether it is to contact the offending residents or bring in the police.
It is important not to approach the perpetrator yourself, as this could involve you in liability, or stimulate retaliation from the vandals. It is best to let the professionals handle the situation, after all, that is why you have a property management company. We not only monitor and secure your property, we can serve as your advocate in cases of problems such as vandalism.
Another reason to contact your property manager is to build a record. The property manager may already be aware of other incidents or witness reports, and this can help build a case against the offending parties. If you have photographs or videos of the perpetrator, these can also be helpful, but do not put yourself in harm’s way to take them. Also, provide photographic evidence of the damage if you can. This creates a documentation chain.
Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, and you deserve the right to live in your home without fear. If you witness vandalism occurring, see evidence of it, or have had it done to your property, please do not hesitate to contact your property manager.
For information regarding Propman’s property management services in Northern Virginia, call us today at 703-569-5702.
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