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
26
Jul
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Make Your Units Spacious and Cohesive With New Flooring

Make Your Units Spacious and Cohesive With New Flooring

Make Your Units Spacious and Cohesive With New Flooring

By Mark Voykovic, Division Merchandise Manager, Flooring, The Home Depot

As the apartment industry continues to see growth, tenants are looking for the best amenities and value in properties, putting pressure on property managers to keep units looking modern. Flooring is often crucial to impressing potential tenants. New technology in vinyl, laminate, tile and wood offers more options for property managers, often at affordable costs, allowing you to generate a great return on investment. 

Vinyl

Fri
15
Jul
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Brexit = Brenter?

Brexit = Brenter?

Eighty percent more people moved into Washington State from England last month compared to three months ago. But more important than that, people are moving here from all around the country and the world. And we have seen significant increases over the past few years. The question is, will that keep up or is migration slowing? Let’s take a look.

Mon
11
Jul
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Is Airbnb Good, Or Is It Bad, For Rental Housing?

Airbnb and the rental housing industry - is it good or bad?

Summary: The Airbnb lawsuit against the city of San Francisco is again focusing the debate on what is good, or bad, for the rental housing industry and the impact on the lack of affordable housing in many large cities.

By Kristin Flores

Airbnb has sued the City of San Francisco in federal court over the city’s new rules requiring registration of rentals and threats to fine the company for unregistered apartment rentals.

 San Francisco has blamed the company for depleting the supply of rental housing. And the city is trying to restrict the company’s growth.

Numerous regulatory efforts against the company show that what appears to be an easy-to-do business model can become a disorganized mess when it meets real-world markets and existing rules and attempts to change them.

Fri
01
Jul
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Dupre & Scott Video Report: Parking Cycles

Parking Cycles

More new construction is being developed with little or even no parking, particularly in Seattle. Investors are wondering how that will work. Will properties with little parking be less desirable, resulting in higher vacancies and lower rents? Let’s take a look at parking and its impact on rents and vacancies.

Thu
16
Jun
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Dear Maintenance Men – Utilitarian Upgrades, Smelly Sinks and Fixing Fans

Dear Maintenance Men

Utilitarian Upgrades, Smelly Sinks and Fixing Fans

By Jerry L’Ecuyer & Frank Alvarez

Dear Maintenance Men:   

I am a rehab project on a building that consists of all two bedroom one and three quarter baths.   The three-quarter bathrooms have a sink, toilet and bathtub, but no shower.  I would like to convert them to a full bath by adding a shower.  How do I do it? – Bill

Dear Bill:

Thu
16
Jun
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Look to Student Housing for Best Practices in Efficiency

Look to Student Housing for Best Practices in Efficiency

Look to Student Housing for Best Practices in Efficiency

By Scott Matthews, Director, Strategic Accounts, The Home Depot

Student housing property managers face a specific dilemma when it comes to turning units: most of the tenants move at the same time. This presents a number of challenges, including strains on resources, inventory, storage, delivery and the general stress of project management, all of which make for a difficult transition between moving dates. 

Because student housing property managers have to handle this process so quickly, their best practices can be viewed as a model for how to turn units efficiently. For suppliers and service providers, we can sometimes see the pain points clearly though from a perspective of outside looking in. 

Having seen some of the best managers in the business tackle this unique challenge with ease, we pulled together a few things that set them apart. 

Thu
16
Jun
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Implementing A Utility Bill Back System For Multifamily Properties

Implementing A Utility Bill Back System For Multifamily Properties

Implementing A Utility Bill Back System For Multifamily Properties

By Cliff Hockley, President, Bluestone & Hockley Real Estate Services

As utility costs increase, owners of multifamily properties have searched for a fair method to pass on these expenses. Most multifamily properties in the western states today have been built with separate electrical and gas metering so tenants expect to pay their own electric and gas bills. Landlords have traditionally paid for the water and sewer. This pattern is changing.  Especially in large cities and towns, tenants have come to accept utility bill backs.

Landlords have many options to pass on these expenses:  

Often, landlords implement a Ratio Utility Bill Back System (RUBS). (RUBS) is a method of calculating a resident’s utility bill based on occupancy, apartment square footage, number of beds, or a combination of factors.

Wed
15
Jun
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Basics of Student Housing

Basics of Student Housing

Student housing can be one of the most profitable niches of buy and hold real estate around. But of course, that’s only if you know what you’re doing. 

Student housing comes with two major advantages that should attract investors:

Advantage 1

Higher Rents: Students will generally pay a premium since they rent by the bedroom rather than by the house, as a family would.

Advantage 2

Almost Guaranteed Rents: By requiring a cosigner from each student’s parents, it’s highly unlikely that you will lose out on any rents or damages.

Unfortunately, like with all good things, there are also disadvantages:

Disadvantage 1

Annual Turnover: Unlike with other rentals, most students will leave every year requiring you to release the unit annually.

Disadvantage 2

Fri
10
Jun
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Dupre + Scott Video Report: Even A Troll's Toll Won't Slow the Flow

Even A Troll's Toll Won't Slow the Flow

The Puget Sound region keeps adding jobs and people keep moving here. How many? Here's quick look at migration trends into the region through the end of May based on driver license data from the state.

Tue
07
Jun
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How To Keep Up With Apps and Your Mobile First Residents

how to keep up with apps and your mobile first apartment residents

Apartment managers and landlords need to stay on top of the latests apps to keep up with residents who are mobile first and spend plenty of time on their smart phones.

If your apartment residents and tenants live on their mobile apps, is your property management keeping up with their mobile first needs?

Research shows 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011. Smartphone ownership is especially high among younger Americans, as well as those with relatively high income and education levels, according to Pew Research Center.

And for a number of Americans, smartphones serve as an essential connection to the broader world of online information.

A tech startup company can put your property on their smart phones with customized branded apps you and your residents will both find useful.

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