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
07
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.

Thu
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.

Wed
11
Jan
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The How and Why of Becoming a Really Likable Property Manager

The How and Why of Becoming a Really Likable Property Manager

The How and Why of Becoming a Really Likable Property Manager

By Marc Courtenay, www.propertymanager.com

As I listened to this long-time property manager describe his losses I was astounded. “These ungrateful owners don’t deserve me. I’ve worked hard for them and their residents and this is what I get?” Although this man was intelligent, his people-skills and mannerisms were brash, condescending and curt. Nobody enjoys the company or doing business with a person who abruptly talks down to the them.

Wed
11
Jan
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Your Residents Can’t Recycle If They Don’t Know How

Your Residents Can’t Recycle If They Don’t Know How

Your Residents Can’t Recycle If They Don’t Know How

5 tips to improve your property’s recycling education in 2017

From milk jugs to cardboard boxes, Portland residents want to recycle. It’s not surprising our city has one of the highest recycling rates in the nation, with an impressive recovery rate of over 70 percent. Recycling doesn’t just happen. Multifamily property managers are critical to our success. Informed residents and an easy-to-use collection system are key to making your garbage and recycling program a success.  Here are some tips from the City of Portland to help you plan your property’s recycling education for 2017.

Tue
10
Jan
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Dear Maintenance Men: Slab Leaks, Shaky Ovens and Safety Bars

Dear Maintenance Men  Slab Leaks, Shaky Ovens and Safety Bars

Dear Maintenance Men

Slab Leaks, Shaky Ovens and Safety Bars

Dear Maintenance Men:

Slab leaks! They are the bane of my existence! Turns out the problem is the hot water recirculation line. I’m trying to decide if I should fix it again or just abandon the line and remove the circulation pump and be done with it. What harm can it do? Do I really need a hot water return line for my residential units?

John

Dear John:

Tue
03
Jan
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Portland Makes Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List For First Time

Portland makes top 50 list of bed bug cities

While Baltimore ranks as the top bed bug city, four metro regions Portland, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, made the list for the first time this year according to a release from the Orkin pest control company.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

1. Baltimore (+9)

26. Phoenix (-3)

2. Washington, D.C. (+1)

27. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+5)

3. Chicago (-2)

28. Boston (-3)

4. New York

Mon
19
Dec
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Arizona Company Ranks In Top Best Places To Work in Multifamily

Arizona company named one of best places to work in multifamily industry

MC Companies of Scottsdale was ranked No. 9 in the nation as a top place to work in the multifamily industry in a survey by the Best Companies Group, according to a release.

“Being ranked No. 9 in the nation is an incredible honor. We were up against companies from 42 states so to come out on top is both humbling and reaffirming that our culture and practices work," Lesley Brice, president of MC Companies of Scottsdale, Arizona, said in a release. "75% of our score came from employee surveys, without our employees this award would not have been possible. Our incredible team members and residents are the reason we are able to succeed in the industry."

Thu
15
Dec
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2.4 – 5.4% Vacancy Rates

2.4 – 5.4% Vacancy Rates

2.4 – 5.4% Vacancy Rates

Has the Willamette Valley Rental Market Flattened Out?

The rental market in the Willamette Valley has been on one heck of a ride over the last few years. The Apartment Report recently came out and revealed vacancy rates as low as 2.4% in Gresham and as high as 5.4% in Northwest Portland, with Salem and Eugene coming in at 2.9% (historically, vacancy rates of 6-7% have been considered “normal”). 

In the Portland metro market specifically, we are seeing an average overall vacancy rate of 3.71% and rental rates of $1.47 per square foot per month. In the Salem market those figures are at 2.9% and $1.14; the Eugene market is at 2.94% and $1.16. However, these figures are very close to what they were at the beginning of 2016, so we are seeing signs that the rental market has officially started to level off. 

Thu
15
Dec
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Dear Maintenance Men:  Water and Wax Removal

Dear Maintenance Men: 

Water and Wax Removal

By Jerry L’Ecuyer & Frank Alvarez

Dear Maintenance Men:

I have a bathroom sink that is slow draining. I have already snaked the drain and found no stoppage. When I remove the pop-up assembly and have an open drain, water whooshes down with no problem. However, with the pop-up in place, water backs up into the sink and drains very slowly.

Paul

Dear Paul:

Most bathroom sinks have an overflow hole near the top edge of the sink. This hole serves two purposes; 1: Acts as a safety drain to keep the sink from overflowing should the water rise above a certain level in the sink. 2: The overflow hole also serves as an air vent for the sink when the water levels are above the pop-up plug.  The overflow hole allows air to escape through the drain and the water to evacuate more efficiently.  

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