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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Mon
01
Jan
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The Scoop On How Pet DNA Testing Fixes Your Apartment Poop Problem

How pet DNA testing can solve your apartment's dog waste poop problem

Pets are a way of life in rental housing and if you want your rentals fully leased, pet owners are a key tenant demographic you want to keep.

Look just at Millennials: 76 percent  are pet owners and a majority are renters.

You might have laughed at first at this headline on how pet DNA testing could fix your apartment property’s pet poop problem.

But here is the reality.

Tue
26
Dec
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7 Tech Gadgets For A Safer And More Efficient Rental Property

7 tech gadgets for a safer and more efficient rental property

Tech gadgets are showing up everywhere these days for rental property. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to use this technology to be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

From voice-controlled assistants to app-powered tools, smart home technology has been all the rave lately.

At the heart of smart tech gadgets is the goal of maximizing efficiency, allowing users to best manage their resources, personalize and improve their spaces.

7 tech gadgets for a safer and efficient rental property

For this reason, several of those gadgets can be a great investment for property managers and landlords, as they provide cutting-edge ways to improve property management and make properties more appealing to tenants who value safety and efficiency.

Tue
19
Dec
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5 Maintenance Tips For Long-Lasting Rental Carpet Flooring

5 Maintenance Tips For Long-Lasting Rental Carpet Flooring

Flooring in rental properties is always a challenge, especially getting your rental carpet flooring to last longer. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to make your carpet last longer and be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

Rental carpet flooring can be one of the most high-maintenance parts of a property: signs of wear and tear as well as stains and dirt are most visible on carpet.

Poor carpet care is easy to spot and tough on the eyes, which can make an otherwise appealing space loose its value. Improving poor carpet conditions generally means needing a complete replacement, which can be a lengthy and costly project. The tips below outline more affordable and effective ways to protect carpet floorings and preserve their longevity.

No. 1 - Consider stricter pet policies

Carpet is not a pet-friendly surface.

Mon
11
Dec
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13 Ways To Pet Proof Your Rental Property

13 Ways To Pet Proof Your Rental Property

These ways to pet proof your rentals can be helpful as some landlords and property managers are concerned about opening their properties to pets. However, they also know they can attract and keep more good tenants if they are a pet-friendly property. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to pet proof your rental property to be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

 

Ways to pet proof your rental with a property makeover

Property makeovers are the best way to minimize property damage by investing in durable, long-lasting solutions.

While they may require additional costs and work, property makeovers designed to thoroughly pet-proof are the most secure way to protect a property and increase the safety of pets.

Sat
09
Dec
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Packages Piling Up Can Be A Headache For Apartment Property Managers

Packages piling up can be a real headache for apartment property managers this time of year

Packages piling up in the rental office from online orders by tenants can be a real headache this time of year for property managers.

As more and more people order online and more and more boxes are delivered by Amazon and others, the issue is growing for property managers who are sometimes dodging packages left for tenants in the property management office.

Package security is a concern for all and thus folks in apartments many times have only the property management office as a solution and place to have their packages sent.

“Package delivery continues to be on the rise and this trend isn’t going to let up anytime soon. It’s evident a solution is needed now more than ever to provide both apartment management and residents alike the most robust and convenient package management solutions,” Georgianna W. Oliver, general manager and founder of Package Concierge, said in a release.

Tue
28
Nov
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Which Rental Property Flooring Is Right For Your Tenants?

Which Rental Property Flooring Is Right For Your Tenants?

Which type of rental property flooring is right for you and your tenants to both help with maintenance and be attractive to get new tenants? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on flooring to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy..

Flooring is the first thing that rental applicants see during a showing of a rental property so which rental property flooring is right?

Flooring choice for rental properties is the equivalent of curbside appeal for homeowners.

Renters are motivated by different attributes than homeowners, so luxury or cost are not the only attributes to consider when making a choice of flooring. It is also important to consider which segment of the rental market the property at hand is targeting.

Tue
21
Nov
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4 Roof Preventive Maintenance Steps You Should Take Before Winter

4 roof preventive maintenance steps to take before winter

Before the weather gets worse, here are four roof preventive maintenance steps from a roofing expert you should take as a landlord or property manager to get your rental housing or apartments ready.

By Eric Skoog

No. 1 Gutters and downspouts

These are areas of specific concern whether in areas of snow and ice or heavy rain. Any structure that has gutters and downspouts should have those two areas checked.

Leaves, debris, children throwing balls up on the roof - any of these can plug up gutters and downspouts. When that happens you have improper drainage. With improper drainage, there is a greater chance for water to back up beneath the roof system. Also remember you tend to get ice damming along eaves in cold country, and this can be minimized with proper drainage and installation of electric tape.

Tue
07
Nov
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4 Ways To Be Proactive In Rental Property Maintenance

4 ways to be proactive in rental property maintenance

Wish you had been more proactive in your rental property maintenance when you get that maintenance call or text from a tenant? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe helps make sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

Many property managers and landlords deal with maintenance in a reactive manner. They wait for tenants to report maintenance issues and/or waiting for the property to turn over before addressing maintenance issues.

This is natural because if you view rental properties as a pure investment, then maintenance is the cost center. It is a negative charge on investment income. The human tendency is to be proactive about positives and to be reactive about negatives.

Do you ever turnover a rental property and think, “I would have taken care of that if I knew it was broken?”

I’m sure it has happened to the best of us.

Tue
31
Oct
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9 Insights For Property Managers Heading Into 2018

Property managers and the state of the industry report

There were 9 insights for property managers heading in 2018 that were shared in a recent webinar featuring a survey of 1,200 property managers across the country.

Buildium.com did the survey along with the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), in August and September of this year to provide property managers ideas around strategy and growth for the industry heading into 2018.

The survey was about 50-50 female-male, and about 70% of the property managers responding said they were over the age of 40. The insights involved:

Tue
31
Oct
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Is The Outdoor Faucet At Your Rental Property Winter-Proof?

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Is your rental housing outdoor faucet ready for winter? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

If your rental property is occupied and your tenants are running the water, the risk of indoor pipes bursting is low.

However, the outdoor hose bibs are particularly vulnerable to freezing and breaking, especially during a cold night.  Whether you are in the Midwest with below freezing temperatures or in the Pacific Northwest, where winters aren’t as frigid, cold can still spell trouble for your rental property.

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