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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Thu
07
Nov
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Keeping Your Tenants to Produce More Profits

By Leonard Baron in Business from PropertyManager.com a Service of AppFolio

Sun
06
Oct
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HFO-TV: Are LLCs Liable For On-The-Job Injuries on Apartment Property?

Great information about on the job injury liabilities from Andy Hahs and HFO.

Sun
06
Oct
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HFO-TV: Oregon SB 91 Set To Become Law

Another interesting video from HFO about Oregon SB91. It's certainly something to think about. **RentalHousingJournal.com does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in this video.

Wed
02
Oct
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LandLady Katie: What Renters Want.

Putting yourself in the tenants shoes may not be something you’ve done often, if ever. As our clients, it’s very important to know what tenants want and what will make your best residents rent long-term. High tenant satisfaction can not only enhance retention and occupancy rates, but also lower expenses and improve your bottom line. With so much riding on the satisfaction of your tenants, it is critically important to stay close to their priorities, perceptions and concerns.

Wed
18
Sep
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Use of the Radio and the Unknown Rusk of Copyright Infringement

Use of the radio and the unknown risk of copyright infringement By Christopher R. Walker, Esq., Law Offices of Scott M. Clark, P.C. Whether you enjoy using the radio in your car, at the gym, or at your place of employment, the use of the radio is widespread. While many take for granted the free use of the copyrighted material that is broadcasted through their personal radios, some uses of the same copyrighted material can subject the radio operator to liability for copyright infringement. In the arena of copyright enforcement for the performing arts, SESAC, ASCAP, and BMI, known as performance rights organizations (“PROs”), hold licenses from the various music recording companies and seek enforcement of the copyright code. In the context of the property management, many major property management firms have been approached by one or more of these PROs regarding the operation of radios in various areas of their residential rental communities.

Fri
06
Sep
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HFO-TV: HFO and Phil Owen Discuss Oregon House Bill 2639

Hagerman Frick O'Brien's Aaron Kirk Douglas discusses possible affects of Oregon House Bill 2639 on landlords and property managers with former Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland President, Phil Owen.

Fri
06
Sep
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Smoke-Free Units = Safer, Healthier, Cheaper, Less Stress

Ask a colleague in the building management profession about the worse case scenario and you will likely hear some scenario of staggering loss to property.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, home and apartment fires started by smoking caused an estimated $535 million in direct property damage in 2010 and killed more people than any other type of fire.

Rental apartment owners and managers must accept that general wear-and-tear on the unit will occur but if you could lower costs, protect your investment and eliminate potential fire risk by implementing a smoke-free environment, would you?

Why go smoke-free?

1) Attract new residents with this marketing advantage

According to a 2011 study by the Oregon Health Authority, nearly 91 percent of Oregonians, including 69 percent of smokers, say no one is allowed to smoke inside their home.

Fri
06
Sep
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THE LANDIS BOMB Part 2 of 2

Last month I brought the bad news in what I hope, is a worst case scenario that we never realize. I am not optimistic. I have no doubt that a host of diligent attorneys will be working hard to limit the scope of the Landis decision by arguing that it can only be read to allow a tenant to back out of a contract initially or other similar limitations. The problem is that I have already seen attorneys for the tenants arguing exactly what I posited in the first part of this article.

Fri
06
Sep
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LandLady Katie: Don’t Tell The Truth. Obey The Law.

How do you, as a property manager, respond when a potential applicant asks you for information about the racial, ethnic, religious or family composition of an available unit, neighborhood or complex? Think of your response carefully.

Such questions don’t necessarily mean that the questioner has the intent to discriminate, so we need to think seriously about how to handle these situations. Some landlords take the stance that such questions should be answered by “telling the truth”. That approach has downsides.

Sun
01
Sep
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Washington State: The Landis Bomb.

THE LANDIS BOMB

Part 1 of 2

In October of 2012 Washington State landlords were, in this attorney’s humble opinion, kicked in the teeth by the Division 1 Washington Court of Appeals. This very unwelcome dental work came in the form of the Landis case. For those interested, that is Landis & Landis Construction, LLC, an Oregon limited liability company vs Nicola Nation d/b/a Nation Management, 286 P.3d 979 (Wash.App Div. 1 2012).

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