Property Management Investigations
This question is two fold. A security company may drive around in marked vehicles, and by law, must be in uniform at all times. While this may deter criminal activity from occurring in the open, many individuals are aware of the limited scope of authority of a security guard, and will still engage in criminal activity in their presence or inside of a tenants house. A licensed investigator operates in an unmarked capacity. Instead of providing a visual deterrent, an investigator engages in surveillance in order to identify individuals who may be engaging in criminal activity, which is an activity that a security guard cannot perform. An investigator can also conduct knock and talks with residents to gather information, as well as provide in depth investigations and coordinate with law enforcement agencies in the investigation of individuals who are creating an unsafe living environment. Investigators, by law, have the ability to also conduct thorough background checks, run drivers licenses and tag numbers (under strict DPPA rules) and other services not available to a security company.
The In this day and time, narcotics, gang activity, violent crimes, subletting and other premise liability issues are drowning the media on a daily basis. Many complexes and property owners have resorted to hiring armed security companies who are limited in the scope of what they can do. While some companies may boast the ability to document and create a database of license plates, names or other information, the State of Florida defines a big difference between a security guard and a licensed investigator.
What else can an investigator provide to my property
Under a majority of state laws, a property manager can be held liable if they fail to maintain an safe property.
This can include failing to provide security, unsafe equipment (such as stairs, locks or gates) or any other type of
issue that can cause harm or damage. Sometimes accidents do happen, but sometimes those accidents can be
fraud. The United States estimates over $16 million dollars a year are lost because of fraud. Dont become a victim of unscrupulous tenants or guests. When an accident or liability claim arises on your property, whether its a fire, burglary or vehicle damage/theft, let us do the investigation for you to uncover evidence and save you thousands of dollars.
What if I have an issue that isn’t criminal?
Tenants are bound by a lease, and in that lease, it stipulates rules that must be followed. When a landlord or property manager rents or sells a property, they do so with the hopes of turning a profit. When you have an unsavory or unkempt tenant living in your property, it degrades the value of your property and puts you at risk of losing an investment ( paying for damages or repairs, eviction costs etc). When a property manager has a suspicion that a tenant is violating a lease, whether it be from subletting (renting out the property to others without permission), running an unauthorized business, or other lease violations, they have the option to take the tenant to court and evict them. In Florida, without clear cut evidence of a tenants wrong doing, a court can over rule an eviction causing the property manager to lose money. Dont let your investment go to waste. Hire an investigator to conduct surveillance and undercover operations to catch the tenant engaging in illegal activity.