Hey all, I have a general lease and clearly it is outdated with no mention of wifi or connected devices, wondering how you throw in connected/ wifi devices into your new age leases? Anyone have a sample clause?
In this particular situation I am getting a roommate tenant as opposed to just a tenant renting an apartment.
But I am looking at ideas how to word it for passwords/codes, access after move out, and guests that this person brings and protection around the usage.
Ie. Wifi, security system codes, video doorbells, smart locks, cameras, speakers, self installed devices in their room etc.
I'm sure there are landlords that have some of these in their apartment rentals too
I just have a clause that they can not connect anything to the building, no dish mounts on the roof, etc.
I definitely would not want to share passwords or codes, so they all get their own.
Does your provider let you give out 'guest' access that can easily be deleted when they leave? I have simplisafe for an alarm and I set up a guest account for visitors and delete the number after they leave.
I just don't know whether landlord control of the network is such a great idea.
Same goes for the first time a tenant gets a call from their landlord claiming there are an "unusual number of people" in the house." Or when a video of some tenant at home in the buff shows up on YouTube and they blame it on their landlord's "SPY-Fi" (yes, I just made that up and I will be trademarking it later today, LOL)!
Perhaps it would be wiser to simple mention these great tech advances to the tenant and perhaps provide incentives for them to get the network (and certain add-on devices) themselves, much like an insurance company might offer lower car insurance rates if you get an alarm system for your vehicle.
If you are going to provide WiFi, then you need the proper protections in place such as a commercial firewall with a content filter. You can set what can and can not be accessed. You also need to enable "guest WiFi" where the tenant must go through a "click-through" and actively agree to your terms and conditions to obtain access.
If you want to do it properly, I would look at the Ubiquity line of products. They are reasonably priced and will perform what you need. DO NOT use the crap provided by your internet provider.
I do not recommend using any internet-connected devices in a rental. How will your tenant know if you are monitoring their behavior? I'm not comfortable with an Alexa in my house listening to everything I say; I certainly wouldn't rent a place with an Alexa that may be monitored by Amazon AND my Landlord!
My lease does not address as tenants are responsible for wifi. Is this a sfh or multi? If you provide wifi, expect to get a call late at night when wifi goes down and tenants are trying to play Call of Duty. You may be creating headaches, and as a landlord I am trying to eliminate headaches.