Miriam Malave, Real estate agent serving Osceola County, Florida

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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Not unless they only own one property...

I don't think any of you realize the panic that is going on.  NO wood, no water, no food, no gas...the shelves are bare. People wait in line for hours just to buy screws...and you really think that now you will be able to find a contractor or handy man to do WORK?  Not a chance!

I had one tenant tell me he is going to buy plywood, we are hoping that he does not damage the house putting it on. 

I don't know of any landlords that do that...and no apartment complexes do either.  Mike manages some mansions (including one in Cocoa on the beach) that he moved all the outdoor furniture inside, made sure nothing would fly open and removed any loose debris...took him all day for one house.  That is the most you can do for homes that have 12 foot windows or 30 windows.

What tenants need to do is get all the junk from outdoors inside.  Flying stuff does the most damage.

If hurricane looks so bad, tenants need to go to higher ground.

The landlord needs to be well insured...and the tenant needs to have renters insurance.



Sep 09, 2017 02:40 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

I am not sure what you mean by "materials" to protect the home. Screwing plywood to cover the widows just damages the house, tape on the windows ruins the windows. Other than that there is nothing to do except secure everything that can become a projectile but even that is pointless because the neighbors are not doing it.

and no, i would not and will not supply plywood to the renters. If they get hurt putting it up then guess who is expected to pay for their back injury for the rest of their life.

Sep 09, 2017 04:06 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Well, they should not only provide the materials, they should INSTALL them or pay someone to!

After all, it's THEIR property - not the tenants'!

Sep 08, 2017 09:24 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Most tenants don't care. If the house is damaged, they'll stop paying rent and move elsewhere.

Sep 09, 2017 05:05 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Protect your investment. 

Sep 09, 2017 04:53 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

At the end of the day, the house is the landlord's property, not the tenant's. I suppose if they want to protect it, they should. (And do the installation, as well.)

Sep 09, 2017 03:58 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If there is something to protect the home then the landlord is likely doing it already.

Sep 08, 2017 11:09 PM
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Protect your assets!

Sep 08, 2017 08:48 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would say yes, you own it so protect it.

Sep 08, 2017 08:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Seems smart to me - it's the landlord's property

Sep 08, 2017 08:27 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It would be a wise move in my opinion. A

Sep 08, 2017 08:13 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

After all it is the landlords property, you would think they would assist in any way to secure it

Sep 09, 2017 05:34 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Provide the tenants? Who owns the house? They should protect their investment & who cares what the tenants do. Most of the time they don't know the working end of a hammer.

Sep 09, 2017 04:58 AM
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

It would certainly seem to be a benefit for everyone involved.  

Sep 08, 2017 09:45 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I would say absolutley or better yet help them protect your property.

Sep 08, 2017 09:05 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast


Sep 08, 2017 08:50 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

It is the landlord's property. I would think they would want to protect it from damange. I can't understand why they wouldn't want the tenant to take effort to keep water and wind damage out of the home.

Sep 09, 2017 10:33 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Tenants need to follow instructions / orders to get to higher ground or leave the area.  Landlords will want to do what they can to protect their assets and as others have mentioned - get things inside so they are not flying around.

Sep 09, 2017 07:53 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

When tenant called about furnace heater went out on Xmas eve, I went over there with two space heaters, an electric blanket, and a bottle of Vodka. With storm I will call in and advise what they need to watch out for and offer help to get through the disaster together.

Sep 09, 2017 07:31 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I believe it is the Landlord's responsibility to protect the home. But at this point, I'm not sure there is anything they could do.

Sep 09, 2017 07:13 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Landlords should protect their investment; tenants should have renter's insurance.

Sep 09, 2017 06:11 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Sep 09, 2017 03:53 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Absolutely !

Sep 09, 2017 03:39 AM
Steve Bracero
Heisler and Mattson - Shrewsbury, MA
First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist

Ideally yes, it would help- 

Sep 09, 2017 03:18 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I am sure Landlord will do it - just to protect the home.

Sep 08, 2017 11:28 PM
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

Great question! Honestly I would never have thought of it. Some great answers and I have learned something today.

Sep 11, 2017 05:59 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would want to protect my investment so yes.

Sep 10, 2017 01:21 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Tenants should secure their own renters insurance. Anxwer to your question: not necessarilly. It could drive rents even higher out of the reach of many.

Sep 10, 2017 08:59 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Its their house, so I would!

Sep 10, 2017 03:00 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I have a crew that would and have board up our properties.

Sep 09, 2017 04:50 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If it were me, I I'd be protecting  investments

Sep 09, 2017 03:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

no, but the tenants need to remove debris from outside.... some items become missiles....

Sep 09, 2017 11:11 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

I think they may want to notonly provide the materials but if yuo can someone to do it. It is the owners responsibility. AS much as you can ask the tneant to do it they may choose not to.  I dont think you can force the tenant to do it. 

Sep 09, 2017 10:19 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Mike & Eve Alexander (Eve) nailed this one.

Sep 09, 2017 10:16 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. Owners/Landlords should hire a contractor to protect their house from hurricanes. Some landlords in FL have told tenants that they cannot board up any windows.

Sep 09, 2017 08:31 AM
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Mike & Eve Alexander have some very interesting insights.

Sep 09, 2017 07:52 AM
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I'm with Mike & Eve Alexander "The landlord needs to be well insured...and the tenant needs to have renters insurance."

Sep 09, 2017 06:42 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

If they are sane and want to protect their investment. 

Sep 09, 2017 06:38 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Might be a good idea.

Sep 09, 2017 06:28 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Miriam Malave As the owner the landlord is responsible for the property. You cannot rely on the tenants to do the work.

Sep 09, 2017 06:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

They should follow the terms of the lease and be properly insured.

Sep 09, 2017 05:28 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Disclosure will do....

Sep 09, 2017 05:26 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

A wide variety of opinions here!

Sep 09, 2017 04:30 AM
Krish D'Errico
Keller Williams Classic III Realty - Clermont, FL

I dont send them anything but I purposely purchased homes without any flood zones and where I live this past hurricane there wasnt too much damage.

Oct 11, 2017 12:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

absolutely - if I could get tenants to put up the boards etc to protect my investment I would be on it in a red hot minute.  Ultimately it is my property and investment that I have to protect

Sep 18, 2017 05:08 AM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is the landlord's house, and up to them what they want to do with their property.

Sep 12, 2017 08:56 AM
Jenifer Kynor
TurboTenant - Fort Collins, CO
Tenant Screening, Landlording, Marketing

They should if they were able to. It's their investment they must protect. I am not sure how many actually did though. It'll be an interesting situation to see unfold as time goes on. 

Sep 11, 2017 02:16 PM
Elena Martinovici
MY HOME GROUP 602-321-1273 - Phoenix, AZ
Associate Broker- Phoenix , Arizona

IF THEY WANT  to have less damage yes... 

Sep 11, 2017 08:58 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Great question, but I'm out of water in FL regulations, since i'm in CA and here LL does not obligated to provide earthquake ( our thing)  info for tenants, only during a sale. 

Sep 10, 2017 09:47 PM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

I agree with Mike and Eve Alexander.  Living in a large city while folks prepare for a hurricane is not a time to call your handyman.  I own 4 rentals and just went through Harvey.  I contacted all my tenants and told them to secure outdoor furniture and other things that would have become dangerous in high winds.  During the hurricane I texted them to check on their safety and advised them to follow the evacuation notices that were being issued.  Maybe a home on the beach would be prepared differently than a home in the city, but there was no time.  Harvey went from a "rain event" (biggest understatement ever), to a Cat 4 hurricane.  There was a run on food and water.  It was craziness.  We did all we could do to just survive.  And there is no way to prepare a home for 50 inches of rain. 

Sep 10, 2017 12:17 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It's a thought - if they value their property....

Sep 10, 2017 05:43 AM