Some renters who are contemplating summer barbecues and other events may be wondering if they can have a small gas grill on the premises of their apartment unit or housing community. Using a grill of any kind is a controversial part of renting and something that is allowed on a case-by-case basis. Here are some ways to figure out your liabilities with a grilling appliance.
Inspect Your Lease Carefully
The individual lease for an apartment or a housing unit often has provisions for outdoor cooking, including limitations or restrictions on a small gas grill or other grill setup. Look for these as well as provisions on smoking and other barbecue related processes that you may looking to include in your summer routine.
Look for Local Laws on Grilling
In some places, a local law or ordinance may prohibit using gas grills, charcoal grills or other items on rental properties. Check with your local government offices or fire department to make sure you comply with what’s on the books in your municipality.
Evaluate Your Safety Environment
Generally, grilling works best in areas without a lot of flammable structures around, including wooden decks or other wooden infrastructure.
Some of the worst environments for grilling are verandas or terraces on the upper floors of a housing community. Always think carefully before pursuing any kind of outdoor cooking in these areas. Evaluate courtyards and other lower level areas for grilling.
Think about all of the above when you’re considering how to set up outdoor cooking facilities for your summer events. Renters need to realize all of their liabilities for using a small gas grill before they set one up in their building or community.