Halloween and Your Apartment Building
“Ask Kari” is a monthly, Question & Answer feature from Kari Negri. Kari has two decades of property management experience, is a featured speaker at many industry trade shows, such as AAGLA’s annual trade show, and is the founder and CEO of SKY Properties, Inc. in Los Angeles.
With Halloween coming, SKY Properties thought we’d share a few tips about how the holiday relates to property management. Here are some spooky tips you may not have considered before:
- Masked theft
Among the many reasons not to accept cash for rent, is not to have cash on hand in your manager’s office. Banks routinely go on high alert on Halloween as it’s an accepted time for customers to be in disguise. At your building, you could have a masked bandit enter your manager’s office on the 31st to grab rents that were paid early in cash.
- Don’t prop open building entrances
It’s never a good idea to have doors propped open as this allows strangers to wander your building. On Halloween, some buildings welcome trick or treaters by propping open their entrances. This invites all kinds of safety issues, including ill-willed strangers access to the property looking who may be looking for an opportunity to steal or vandalize. One trick or treat option to consider (and a great way to promote resident/community interaction) is to have tenants who love giving out candy to trick or treaters, set up a well-lit table outside your entrance for them to volunteer in shifts and hand out candy. This optimizes for giving out candy without inviting strangers onto the property. You might even consider creating a fun Halloween theme by putting up yellow caution tape to control access around the property.
- Consider candy alternatives
Kids will certainly stock up on candy on Halloween. However, if you want to offer an alternative, consider the many options available at the Dollar Store or at Oriental Trading. You can view everything on their website at www.orientaltrading.com Examples of fun and inexpensive alternantives to candy are: glow sticks, bendable toys, treasure chests, balls, stickers, etc. Many items are available to provide kids with much longer-term fun!
- Residents seeking trick or treat options
If you’d like to provide a list of alternative activities for residents with children who want to trick or treat door-to-door, consider various community events that offer group trick or treat events on Halloween. Often, shopping malls, farms and pumpkin patches host community events that provide fun in a more controlled environment.
- Beware black cats
Black cats have been known to disappear on Halloween. This is no joke. In fact, some shelters won’t even allow adoptions of black cats around Halloween. Some speculate that there are those out there who take the “black cat crossing their path” issue so seriously that it moves them to cause the cat to meet their demise. If you have a black cat as a pet, it is best to keep them indoors around Halloween.
As always, please remember, I am not an attorney. Seek clarification through your attorney. All articles are simply an opinion. Stay in touch at www.GetSky.net
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