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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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.

Tue
05
Jun
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10 Maintenance Jobs You Or Your Tenants Should Never Try

10 Maintenance Jobs You Or Your Tenants Should Never Try

Maintenance jobs - no matter the circumstances - that should be left to a maintenance professional  is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

Fixing a paint job yourself that didn’t turn out right is one thing. However having to pay thousands of dollars for repairing the structural damages that resulted from a poorly done plumbing, electrical or HVAC job is another.

Leaving these maintenance projects to a professional will make what you spend worth the peace of mind and safety you’ll get in return.

Tue
29
May
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Half Of Workers Say Office Temperature Is Too Cold Or Too Hot

Half Of Workers Say Office Temperature Is Too Cold Or Too Hot

Office workers are fighting over the office temperature and nearly 20 percent say they have secretly changed the office temperature during the summer, according to a release.

A new survey by Career Builder conducted by The Harris Poll also shows 15 percent of office workers have argued with coworkers over the office temperature being either too cold or too hot. All of this has an impact on office productivity.

 According to a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly half of workers (46 percent) say their office is either too hot or too cold — and 51 percent say sitting in an office that is too cold impacts their productivity, 67 percent say sitting in an office that is too warm does the same.

Tue
22
May
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The Pros And Cons Of Renting to College Students And Maintenance Tips

The Pros And Cons Of Renting to College Students And Maintenance Tips

The how and why of renting to college students is a practice that deserves special attention and precautions and is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week.

In most cases, properties located on or near college campuses are extremely profitable.

As new students come and graduates go, the need for practical housing remains.

 Most college-age renters prioritize proximity and accessibility to convenient transportation when looking for a place to live in while attending school. Also a large number of universities report a growing trend for graduates to remain in their college towns as opposed to relocating home whenever possible.

Mon
07
May
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7 Common Maintenance Emergencies And What To Do

7 Common Maintenance Emergencies And What To Do

Maintenance emergencies are a nightmare for property managers and tenants so this week the maintenance checkup from Keepe will discuss how to handle 7 common maintenance emergencies.

Most of the scenarios we will discuss present the possibility of causing serious damage to the property, and in some case even harm tenants.

 

7 common maintenance emergencies and how to resolve them

The goal is to solve the emergency as quickly and safely as possible. And with a result that both property managers and tenants will feel satisfied with the way their discomfort was addressed and resolved.

No. 1 - Flooded basement or ground floor

Generally caused by piping failures or harsh weather, indoor floods are just as dangerous as they are inconvenient.

Mon
30
Apr
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How To Save Money And Water In Apartments

How To Save Money And Water In Apartments

How to save money and water in apartments is the passion of entrepreneur Richard Lamondin Jr., who has founded a company to take on the challenge of both saving water and helping apartment owners, landlords and property managers make their apartment communities more green and eco-friendly.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Recently Earth Day helped remind us of  to save money and water in apartments..

In an interview with Rental Housing Journal, one entrepreneur, who is in the middle of a large 10-property project in Dallas to help the Dallas-Fort Worth area with water conservation, talked about his passion and his company. The project is expected to save multifamily properties there an estimated 108 million gallons of water this year alone. The company is expecting to save two billion gallons of water over time.

 

Tue
24
Apr
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4 Outdoor Flooring Options For Your Rentals

4 Outdoor Flooring Options For Your Rentals

Outdoor flooring options for your rental property is the maintenance checkup from Keepe this week as we look at the pros and cons of four different types.

Damaged or worn outdoor flooring, pavement and surfaces can be responsible for making your property look poorly kept.

These surfaces can also endanger the safety of your tenants as cracks, holes and general wear make it easier to slip, trip and fall.

Our expert contractors have provided a breakdown of common materials for outdoor flooring. We have included the pros and cons of each material to help you choose what works best considering your design preferences, pricing, weather-resistance and overall longevity.

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