People all around the world are concerned about their health and well-being, as well as the business implications, related to the spread of the Coronavirus. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our owners, tenants, vendors and our team. As you all know the challenges presented by COVID-19 have continued and we know that it is a scary time for our world. During this difficult time, it is very important to try to stay calm and focus on how to overcome the next couple of months.
Owning a rental at this time of crisis can be challenging. You have to take every precaution to keep yourself and tenants safe. You don’t want to put anyone at risk because you don’t know if the person who answers the door is an elderly or someone in a vulnerable state.
At CRM Properties , we would like to support our community during this time of crisis. We have been starting to get guidance from the CDC and have been consulting experts in the field. Our staff is doing what we can to achieve social distancing while continuing to provide the services our clients rely on. We want to continue to do our jobs and protect people at the same time.
On March 19, 2020, Gov. Holcomb issued an order that “paused” eviction cases while there is an ongoing public health emergency. This pause does not mean that tenants do not have to pay rent. Failure to pay rent and other lease violations may result in eviction actions being filed or heard in court after the state of emergency ends.
Landlords may not forcibly remove tenants from their rental property, nor can they lock out tenants or discontinue utility services. If a landlord does so, tenants should call local law enforcement.
Information that will help you and guide you: Clean & disinfect
- Clean surfaces using soap and water. You must increase the cleaning of all common areas, especially tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. Practice routine cleaning of the previously mentioned places.
- Electronics are part of our daily lives so don’t forget to clean all electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls. To clean electronics use the manufacturer’s instructions and if there are no instructions on how to clean, you can use alcohol-based wipes that contain at least 70% alcohol. The CDC suggests that we consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
- Cleaning always goes before disinfection. Surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water before disinfection.
- The first step to disinfect surfaces is to check the expiration dates of the products that you are using such as bleach or alcohol. If bleach is suitable for surfaces then use it to disinfect. To make a bleach solution add 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water. You must never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. You can use gloves to protect your hands and make sure you have good ventilation while using bleach. If you want to use alcohol as a disinfectant, your alcohol solution must be at least 70% alcohol.
Here is a list of other disinfectants you should use: