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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5 Reasons Why All Landlords and Property Managers Need to Join an Apartment or Landlord Association

5 Reasons to Join an Apartment or Landlord Association

5 Reasons Why all Landlords and Property Managers Need to Join an Apartment or Landlord Association

With laws changing every year, Landlords can’t afford to manage their rentals without support

 

            It seems like every month there is a new story about a rental property law changing, a landlord being sued by a tenant, or a landlord being issued a six figure fine. The relationship between a landlord and a tenant seems to be one of the most litigious business relationships that exists. Even if you only own and manage 1-2 units it can seem like a full-time job just keeping up on all the regulations. Being a property investor and being a landlord are two very different jobs and it’s not realistic to be an expert at both.

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Mar
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How Much Do You Know About Atypical Evictions?

Atypical evictions are something a landlord may face when tenants are sharing rental housing

Landlords and property managers frequently deal with the issue of unmarried co-tenants and roommates, sometimes on the lease and sometimes not on the lease.

When things do not work out with these tenants, a property manager or landlord may face what is known as an “atypical” eviction.

Landlords are now seeing more renters who are Millennials. The trend of unmarried tenants is reflected in Gallup data showing more Millennials are currently single/never married than was true for those in older generations. This means they may have roommates sharing expenses. Plus considerably more Millennials are in domestic partnerships. Specifically, more than half of all Millennials, 59%, have never married, and 9% are in domestic partnerships, according to Gallup.

This week attorney Clint S. Dunaway takes on this topic of atypical evictions.

Tue
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Feb
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6 Keys to Writing A Lease The Right Way

6 keys to writing a lease the right way. Get the guide from buildium.com

A recent webinar offered advice on creating, using and enforcing tenant leases for property managers. Do you know the 7 basics of a lease? The 6 qualities of a great lease? How sloppy payers can be a revenue source? Here are some trends in leases these days along with tips, advice and links to more information to help you get the right language, that you want, in your leases.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

The webinar was by Buildium.com and run by Darcy Jacobsen, Director of Content, and Sam Driver, Product Director, and an experienced property manager at the company. During the webinar, they polled the group of property managers on a number of questions, and the first one was:

Tue
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Feb
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Why It's Important To Earn A Real Estate Or Property Management Certification

Why It's Important To Earn A Real Estate Or Property Management Certification

Why It's Important To Earn A Real Estate Or Property Management Certification

Education, like success, is a process not a destination.  Education itself is not as much about retention, but knowing where to go to find the correct information as a real estate investor or property management professional is essential.  Furhter having a recognized property management certification is key to your career.

Fri
17
Feb
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Dear Maintenance Men: Caulk, Plumbing, Doors and Curtains

Maintenance men and bathroom caulk

Dear Maintenance Men:

I’m attempting to remove old caulking from around a bathtub.  Are there any tricks or chemicals to help with this job?

Steve

Dear Steve:

Most bathtub caulking is either silicon or latex based.  If originally installed properly, it should stick pretty well.  Most household chemicals will not affect the caulking or help in its removal.  The best method is to use a razor knife to cut along either side of the bead. Then pull the bead out by hand as you cut.  The balance of the material can be removed with a flat razor, either along the old bead or perpendicular to the bead.  After all the material is removed, use a damp rag to remove any loose bits.  Before installing the new caulk, be sure the area is clean and dry.  You can use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up any water left over from your cleaning. 

Dear Maintenance Men:

Fri
17
Feb
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Employee Evictions And How To Handle The Issue

handling employee evictions can be a challenge for apartment owners

Handling Employee Evictions

Many communities require their employees to live on-site, and the often include an apartment as part of their compensation.

As in any business, management must sometimes terminate employees.  This article will examine the acceptable grounds for termination and the procedures to require terminated workers to vacate the premises.

Most employees are “at will.”  This means they work at the pleasure of the employer.

The law presumes every employment contract for an indefinite term to be terminable at will.  As an “at will” employee, his or her employment is for an indefinite term at sufferance.  Either party could terminate employment at will for no cause or any cause.  Another term for this is the employment-at-will doctrine.

Management can fire an employee for good cause or no cause, but not for “bad” cause.

Thu
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Feb
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5 Questions Landlord Hank Asks Tenants When They Call

Dear Landlord Hank

Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi takes on questions each week from landlords and property managers.

His goal is to help educate fellow landlords and property managers on issues he has seen in his 30 years in the business.

This week the question from a property manager is about what questions you ask when the tenant first calls?

Dear Landlord Hank: What is the first question you ask?

Question: You have received your first inquiry regarding your rental property, via phone or email. What do you ask someone inquiring for information about your property and why, when they first contact you? Hank’s Answer: Even though you may have put an ad on the internet loaded with details and photos, someone may have seen a sign for your property or heard about the unit through a friend or current resident.

Tue
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Feb
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9 Most Common Pests In Rental Housing

Pest control for rental properties guide from buildium.com

When you start thinking about pest control as a management philosophy instead of just triage in an emergency, it is good to give a little thought about what your policy is going to be as a property manager.

Giving some thought to integrated pest management and how you are going to communicate that to your owners, your tenants and your employees was the topic during a recent webinar by Darcy Jacobsen, director of content for Buildium.com. Buildium.com has put together a guide called Infestation 101: A property manager’s guide and shared several things from the guide on the webinar.

Tue
24
Jan
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Jobs For Property Managers Pay Higher Than Average U.S. Salary

Property managers make an average of $55,000 a year

Jobs for property managers pay higher than the average salary in the U.S. at $55,380 per year and show growth potential of 8 percent through 2024, according to a release.

The property managers jobs were in a list put together by CareerToolkit.com of high paying jobs that anyone can review free of charge. The salaries range from $50,000K up to $100,000 and more per year. The report chose $50,000 as high-paying since the average median wage is $36,200 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2015 reports.

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12
Jan
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5 Strategies To Meet Your Boss’s Expectations For Quality Work This Year

What the boss says is most annoying

Here are 5 strategies to help you get on the good side of your boss or manager starting off the year, and avoid the top ranking "most annoying behaviors" bosses see.

A new survey shows lacking attention to detail or sloppy work is the most annoying behavior to bosses, according to a release.

More than one-third (35 percent) of Chief Financial Officers cited lacking attention to detail or sloppy work as the most annoying behavior by coworkers, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps.

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