When you have children, finding the ideal home can be tough, and it might take months of frustration before you locate the perfect rental property that delivers the safety and security your children require. What if you need to baby-proof your home because you have a rambunctious toddler running around? What kinds of safety features should you look for in public places like swimming pools? Is your landlord obligated to upgrade his or her property to meet your family's needs?
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Landlords cannot refuse to rent to you or refuse to allow you to baby-proof your rental home because you have a child. While some property owners may not want you to make changes to the home because they are worried about future tenants, this is not a legal choice for them. For reasonable reasons, many landlords do not accept dogs, but the same cannot be used for a child. As a parent, you have the right to take legal action if your child is denied or evicted for this reason.
Now that you've discovered the ideal spot to call home, it's time to get to work making it a safe environment for your child. Many landlords will delegate baby proofing to the parents since they should be aware of the necessary safety precautions. If your landlord insists on baby-proofing your flat for you, make sure that they follow the checklist for a secure home. Here are a few things to think about in order to keep your family safe and secure. When looking for a new home or other types of rentals, most parents look for the following features to ensure their child's safety:
3. Secure the cabinet with locks
As soon as a toddler can crawl, they discover how to open a cabinet door. Children can be safeguarded from a variety of threats by attaching a lock to lower cabinet doors.
Because they could open the cupboard door and have it close again on them, damaging their fingers or other body parts, an unsecured cabinet could imply harmed or trapped children. Children could potentially climb into the cabinet and close the door behind them if they don't get hurt. This puts the infant at risk of suffocating and further harm. There are also other toxic chemicals lurking beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks that, if swallowed, might cause serious injury to your youngster.
4. Remove cords from blinds
Window blinds, like cabinet doors, can be a problem. If the cable is close enough to the floor, a kid may wrap it around a portion of the body, cutting off circulation in their hands, fingers, and other body parts. The cord could even wrap around the child's head or neck if it is long enough. Children are at grave danger from blind cables. To avoid this potential incident, it is essential to replace the blinds with cordless blinds or purchase in curtains instead.
5. Examine the yard and pool for any fences
Ensure there's a fence around the pool if the apartment you're interested in has one. While this is standard practice for any property owner who adds a pool, some landlords are behind the times, so you should search for these types of safety features before signing a lease. If the pool doesn't have a fence already, it's unlikely that the landlord will agree to put one up at your request; in this situation, it's better to keep looking.
Yards and communal places are in the same boat. Anyone (or anything) could come in at any time, making a yard without a fence unsafe. Animals and strangers are deterred from entering the property by fences, and your children are kept safe within the bounds of a secure area.
6. Electrical outlets should be covered
Have you investigated to see whether the rental has outlets that a crawling child may reach near the floor? They're very certainly present, so cover them before you settle in or ask your landlord to do that before you sign the lease.
Curious children are drawn to open electrical outlets. Your toddler can crawl up to the outlet and stick his or her finger in, putting himself at risk of electrocution. That is why it is critical to safeguard your children. It may seem unusual, but getting down on your hands and knees and viewing the property through the eyes of your child can be beneficial. You might be shocked at how many outlets you would normally overlook.
7. Put up baby gates
Is there a second storey to your rental? If this is the case, installing baby gates at the top and bottom of every staircase before you and your family move in is a good idea. When children begin to crawl, they are more vulnerable to accidents and injuries; if left unattended, a youngster can easily fall down the steps and sustain serious injuries.
8. Additional safety concerns
Some of the safety precautions listed above may seem self-evident, but many parents ignore them. When toddlers first begin walking, they have a propensity of gripping objects and lifting themselves onto their feet. They're having a good time, and they have no idea of gravity. Sure, if they grasp a couch, it won't fall over on them, but what about an end table? Secure furniture with anchors and hooks to prevent it from being pulled over.
The kitchen is another place where danger lurks. Make sure your new home includes a stove guard to protect the burners. This protects young fingers from harmful heat and prevents hot cookware from being removed from the stove.
You want the best for your family when you're looking for the ideal rental property. Keep in mind that when you rent in a multi-family building, a property manager is normally in charge of these aspects. Property managers are there to make sure you and your children have all you need to stay safe, comfortable, and secure.
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