Just a quick one: at Lease Signing time, residents agree and sign to always supervise minor residents who are on property playing outside the home. When these rules are not followed, and children are unsupervised, what can I enforce? And relatives who live on property who are supposed to be responsible for other family members’ minors, who have been evicted, what recourse do I have there? And yes I have contacted Social Services and the local Police Dept., who have said if they’re not in any immediate danger, no need to worry.
Please, please, please (yes, Fair Housing Lady is begging) ditch the rule requiring supervision of children at your community. Social services and the police are correct that if the children are not in immediate danger, there is no issue. And as long as unsupervised children are not being unduly destructive or disruptive, there is no landlord/tenant issue either. And note my qualifying word in the previous sentence – “unduly” – which means that children are children and they will play and run. A landlord in California had rules similar to yours and actually sent a memo to residents stating: Children are not allowed to be outside alone, ever. If I find out or I see them outside you will receive 1 warning, then you will be asked to leave. This same landlord issued fines to the residents when their children were outside the apartment unsupervised, playing outside, stepping on the grass, and throwing the trash out. This led to a class action lawsuit costing the landlord a whopping total of $834,000 (big ouch!). What you need to consider doing is having reasonable rules of acceptable conduct for your community, but those rules are for everyone (!) not just children.Google+
Category: Familial Status