Management & Maintenance

This department of Rental Housing Journal is your source for property management and maintenance information. Whether you're an independent landlord, portfolio manager, on-site community manager, leasing agent or apartment maintenance professional, the site is dedicated to bringing tips, best practices and information to help make your job easier and keep you up to date and educated.

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Tue
17
Apr
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Are LED Light Bulbs The Best Option For Your Rental Property?

Are LED Light Bulbs The Best Option For Your Rental Property?

LED light bulbs, whether replaced by the landlord or the tenant in your rental property, is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week as we look at the pros and cons.

Going green is also important for some properties and something to consider for LED light bulbs.

LED light bulbs have become popular with industry professionals. So we asked our electricians to give us some tips as we explore what is best for our rentals.

How LED light bulbs work

LED light bulbs produce light by conducting electrical currents through a microchip that powers a small, light-emitting diode.

Their popular counterpart - incandescent light bulbs - rely on electrically-produced heat instead: electrical currents heat the metallic filament found inside the glass bulb, which becomes luminous after being brought up to a high, incandescent temperature

Tue
10
Apr
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10 Ways To Make Small Bathrooms In Your Rentals Look Bigger and Better

10 Ways To Make Small Bathrooms In Your Rentals Look Bigger and Better

Small bathrooms in your rental properties can be made to look bigger and keep tenants happier with small, affordable changes in this maintenance checkup from Keepe 

Being able to enjoy a spacious bathroom is on the wish list of many tenants,.

However many properties - especially rental unit clusters - are designed to optimize space. That means that the sheer size of a property’s rooms might have to be reduced to squeeze in extra storage space or living areas.

While an extra small bathroom or powder room is certainly better than having one less bathroom in the property, it can be a hard point to sell, especially when a small bathroom is a property’s only bathroom.

A room expansion or remodel is expensive, labor intensive and time-consuming. It is also unlikely to be feasible for units that have been purposely designed to host certain numbers and types of rooms of specific dimensions.

Tue
03
Apr
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Accommodating Disabled Tenants In Your Rental Property

Accommodating Disabled Tenants In Your Rental Property

As a property manager it is fundamental to understand the laws pertaining to disability and accessibility for prospective disabled tenants. The maintenance checkup from Keepe this week involves 15 maintenance ideas to make your property more accessible to disabled tenants.

Researching and studying actual accessibility law should be a priority to prepare and protect yourself.

The Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act make it unlawful to reject a prospective tenant because of their disability as you know. However it also prohibits asking a prospective disabled tenant about whether they are disabled and about the nature of their disability, visible or not.

Tue
27
Mar
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How Important Is The Front Door To Your Rental Property?

How Important Is The Front Door To Your Rental Property?

The look, feel and features of a rental property’s front door are more important to tenants than landlords and property managers might think.Front door material and look is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

The front door is one of those subtle elements that can actually make a big difference to the overall feel of a property. Experts point out that a property’s front door can actually be responsible for significant fluctuations in the value of the property.

Potential tenants will likely take notice of a damaged, flimsy or older-looking entryways. They could interpret this as a sign of lack of upkeep for the property or concern for the well-being of tenants.

Additionally, a damaged front door can make it easy for burglars to identify a certain property as one that they could successfully break into.

Tue
20
Mar
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Seattle, Phoenix, Denver Top Hot Spots For Apartment Jobs

Seattle, Phoenix, Denver Top Hot Spots For Apartment Jobs

Apartment jobs listings jumped up 18 percent in February over January, according to the apartment jobs report from the National Apartment Association Education Institute.

The increase in the number of apartment job listings in February certainly involves some seasonality factors as 2018 hiring plans took firmer hold, according to Paula Munger, Director, Industry Research and Analysis, for the National Apartment Association (NAA).

Denver, Phoenix and Seattle maintained spots in the top three metro areas for apartment jobs as a percent of the entire real estate sector, signaling increasingly competitive job markets where qualified candidates have plenty of choices, she said.

Tue
20
Mar
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10 Things To Consider Before Investing In A Pool For Your Rental

10 Things To Consider Before Investing In A Pool For Your Rental

Property managers and renters may view a pool for your rental property as an appealing feature that can de help attract new tenants and keep current tenants happy. But pools also come with a maintenance price tag and that is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

Building a swimming pool on-site may not always be a good option so there are some issues to consider.

Here are 10 things to consider before building a pool for your rental property.

1. A pool for your rental can be dangerous

Pools can represent a serious and potentially deadly danger for those who do not know how to swim, especially children. Making a pool available to residents will require implementing effective safety measures to eliminate the danger of accidental falls or easy access for unsupervised children.

Tue
13
Mar
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20 Easy, Affordable Maintenance Projects To Update Your Rentals

20 Easy, Affordable Maintenance Projects To Update Your Rentals

The smaller maintenance jobs that improve the look and feel of a rental space and make it feel welcoming can really help when it comes to landing that next tenant is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

This week’s post will list easy and affordable maintenance projects to update every room. These small improvements and investments really go a long way.

 

5 front and outdoor improvements

1. Repainting the front door - a fresh and crisp coat of paint does wonders for a property’s exteriors, especially when opting for bright or bold colors. Due to its exposure, the front door can be prone to discoloration and chipping, and a new coat of paint can completely transform it into a cheerful and appealing detail.

Tue
06
Mar
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Which Cooktop Is Best For Your Rental Property?

Which Cooktop Is Best For Your Rental Property?

The pros and cons of which cooktop - gas, electric, smoothtop or induction - is best for your rental property is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

Cooktops are easily the most important component of a rental property’s kitchen and one of the most frequently used appliances.

As a rental property owner or manager, you want to consider installation and repair. Plus, you want a cooktop that will last without needing major repairs over the years and provide safe and efficient heating performance for your tenants.

Different manufacturers produce many models with different special features at vastly different price points. Here are the pros and cons of different models of cooktops:

Tue
27
Feb
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7 Checklist Items For Spring Rental Property Maintenance Outside

7 Checklist Items For Spring Rental Property Maintenance Outside

Getting ready for warmer weather and rental property maintenance is the maintenance checkup this week, provided by Keepe.

Spring is the best time to plan and get to work on a rental property maintenance on the exterior.

As weather gets milder, it becomes easier to begin projects that would have been difficult or even impossible to complete during the wet and cold of winter plus summer heat is right around the corner.

Tue
20
Feb
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Millennials' Expectations Driving Maintenance Changes

Millennials Expectations Driving Maintenance Changes

A study by a new company found millennials’ service expectations in apartments and rental homes are driving changes in both property maintenance and maintenance staff and the tools used to perform their jobs.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

High turnover in the maintenance ranks is a problem in multifamily housing, especially among millennial maintenance personnel. They like easy-to-use technology applications on their smart phones and not old paper-based maintenance processes. That is why the company, Facilgo, did the study to research these questions.

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