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
14
Aug
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How to Protect Your Rental Property’s Fence From the Wind Damage

Rental property fence maintenance and repair can be an issue when big Summer storms hit so the maintenance checkup this week from Keepe focuses on rental property fences.

If you own a rental in an area with high winds, you’ve probably experienced a few damaged fences and the dilemma that follows after - repair or replace?

To prevent your fence from being destroyed, take some preventative steps and ensure that you’ve got the right fence for your climate. Plus, learn the best fence types to withstand the wear and tear of the peak wind season.

Tue
07
Aug
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What Are The Best Window Coverings For Your Rental Property?

What Are The Best Window Coverings For Your Rental Property?

Window coverings for your rentals can be important in attracting tenants, so the maintenance checklist from Keepe this week looks at three basic types of window coverings.

It can be difficult to choose the best type of window covering to complement a space while being easy to maintain and practical for tenants with the new technologies, decor styles and trendy materials always changing things up

This week, we will go over the more common kinds of window coverings that are available for your windows, while including their individual pro’s and con’s to help you pick the one that is truly ideal for your rentla property.

Tue
31
Jul
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3 Types Of Lighting For Your Rentals To Attract Tenants

3 Types Of Lighting For Your Rentals To Attract Tenants

Lighting for your rentals can be important in attracting and keeping the best tenants, so the maintenance checklist from Keepe this week is on three types of lighting.

These days, the sheer amount of lighting options and seasonal trends available on the Internet’s home design boards and websites alone are endless.

Lighting layouts and lighting fixtures fall among the categories of interior design that can easily get overwhelming as soon as one starts exploring what is available, or “in” lately.

In most cases, choosing over-the-top statement pieces, trendy or poorly planned layouts can lead to wasting hundreds of dollars on items that will quickly become easily damaged, faulty or simply unpractical for tenants.

This week’s post will overview the important bits about lighting - listing the available types and layouts that it’s actually useful to know about and opt for accordingly for your rental property

Tue
24
Jul
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5 To-Do’s For Property Managers As Tenants Head Out For Vacations  

5 To-Do’s For Property Managers As Tenants Head Out For Vacations

The important vacation to-do’s that landlords and tenants should work together on completing before anyone leaves for their vacation is this week’s maintenance checklist from Keepe.

It’s time to get ready for “vacay” - that is, vacation-related vacancies.

While not all tenants might choose to vacation in the summertime, it’s undeniable that the majority of the working population prefers getting away in the warmer weather. Or in the case of Arizona getting out of the hot to the cooler areas.

 As numerous tenants prepare to leave for their summer vacations, it’s important to start thinking about the common risks and major issues that vacant (even if only temporarily) apartments are uniquely vulnerable to, and prepare accordingly.

If you property is independent or somewhat isolated it is even more important.

Mon
16
Jul
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5 Siding Materials And The Pros And Cons Of Each

5 Siding Materials And The Pros And Cons Of Each

Siding is not very sexy but it is important to your tenants and your budget long-term so here are 5 siding materials and the pros and cons of each as the maintenance checkup from Keepe.

When it comes to the siding on your rental properties, many things come into play such as the look and appeal to tenants, energy efficiency and of course your budget which is most important.

Knowing about the needs of different materials can allow you to plan how to best take care of your property’s siding and make an informed decision about which kind really is best for your property, needs, expectations, tenants and budget.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of 5 common siding materials.

No. 1 – Wood shingles and clapboard siding materials

Wood shingles and clapboard are a timeless favorite because they create a naturally warm and rustic look that many people like.

Mon
02
Jul
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Mon
02
Jul
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8 Deck Maintenance Dos And Don’ts

8 Deck Maintenance Dos And Don’ts

Tenants love decks, so the 8 deck maintenance dos and don't is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week, and some of the don'ts may surprise you.

Decks are a unique feature that adds both value and living space to a property’s exteriors, and alongside pools and playgrounds, tops the charts as one of the most beloved amenities among tenants.

This week’s article will provide a helpful series of contractor-approved guidelines for keeping decks in top-shape as well as overviewing common mistakes that are actually damaging to a deck’s materials and structure.

Four Dos of Deck Maintenance

Here are the top 4 things you should think about when it comes to deck maintenance.

Tue
26
Jun
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Rental Housing Maintenance Company Comes To Portland

Rental Housing Maintenance Company Comes To Portland

A new rental housing maintenance company is up and running in Portland to lend an extra maintenance hand to property managers trying to keep up with tenant repair requests.

Keepe, a maintenance company which is already in Seattle, San Francisco and other markets, said they chose Portland as their next city to enter after being asked by some of their existing customers.

“What really turned us on to Portland, was having a few key players that ended up lobbying us,” Liz Koser, head of business development said in an interview with Rental Housing Journal.

“We received phone calls saying, ‘Hey you should really come to the Portland market. You're already in the Seattle, in the Bay Area, we really have a need here.’  We were told if we come to Portland, we'll have automatic customers, that we would have introductions to some of their boards, and so the lobbying effort made the difference,” Koser said.

Tue
19
Jun
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4 Reasons HVAC Should Be Top Of Your Maintenance List

4 Reasons HVAC Should Be Top Of Your Maintenance List

Air conditioning, ventilation and heating issues top the maintenance list for many property managers who say it is the No. 1 issue they have to deal with. And, the No. 1 issue that leads to the most tenant complaints, so this week the maintenance checkup from Keepe takes on this issue.

Here are four reasons heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) should be at the top of your maintenance list, and five best practices to keep everything running smoothly.

Tenants react more quickly to the lack of cooling or ventilation than some other maintenance issues, so it makes sense to stay on top of this issue and avoid tenant complaints.

No. 1 – Health and legal obligations

In most states, existing laws establish that rental properties must have proper ventilation and heating. The law states the property’s owners and/or managers are in charge are responsible for guaranteeing that.

Tue
12
Jun
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Pet Friendly Companies Help Engage, Retain Employees

Pet Friendly Companies Help Engage, Retain Employees

Employees at pet friendly companies are highly bonded to their job and more engaged in their work when employers offer pet-friendly benefits to workers, according to a new study.

The recent study by Nationwide Insurance and the Human Animal Bond Research Center shows more than three times as many employees at pet friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers, significantly more than those in non-pet friendly environments.

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