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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.

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06
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D&Z Present What Were You Thinking? Moments: Electrical Maintnance Can Be Shocking

How much do we really know about electrical issues that occur in our apartment homes? This topic is not a subject you want someone to refer to as one of those “What Were You Thinking Moments”! Understand the correct procedures and laws that pertain to the work required on your property before what could have been a simple phone call turns into a nightmare.

Suzy Manager – Dana, I recently had a resident call to request a work order. Their outlets in the bathroom were not working and a burnt wire smell was present. The resident sounded concerned, so I told them we would get our maintenance person there shortly.

D – Suzy Manager, the resident should be concerned and so should you. I really hope this was NOT a “What Were You Thinking Moments”. How did you proceed?

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The Landlord Times - Metro - Spectrum Tradeshow Edition - September 2013

The Landlord Time Metro edition is the business journal for the Portland, Oregon rental housing and multifamily industry.

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06
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The Landlord Times - Valley - September 2013

The Landlord Times Valley edition is the monthly business journal for property managers, apartment owners and other real estate professionals in Oregon's lower Willamette Valley.

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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.

Tue
27
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The Landlord Times - Metro - August 2013

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Four Things To Consider When Hiring A Property Management Company

Owning and managing an apartment or other type of income property can be a fulltime job. Some independent rental owners choose to make managing their properties their careers while others choose to keep the day to day operation of their investments at an arms length and elect to hire a property a management company. Below are four things any apartment owner or real estate investor should consider when hiring a manager. MARKET KNOWLEDGE -- Any property management company worthy of trusting your apartment or rental home investment with will have a strong knowledge of your local rental housing market. Do not mistake market knowledge with longevity of doing business in a given market, as they are not necessarily the same thing. A few things to look for are: Does the property manager regularly shop and price rents and amenities of competitor properties in the area? A quality property management company will know what sells and at what price in your area.

Tue
27
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Shoptalk August 2013

In strong rental markets, many leasing employees are faced with the wonderful challenge of being 100% leased. Some apartments are being rented “sight unseen,” and perhaps there are only a few days in any given month where vacant apartments are available to look at before the new residents move in. For communities that have rented and done away with their model apartments, many leasing consultants are now in situations where they have nothing to show, even if they have unrented notices. The following question expresses this dilemma and the leasing consultant’s frustration:

Tue
27
Aug
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LandLady Katie: Sweat The Small Stuff

You’ve entered into the rental agreement, the residents signed all fifty-seven addendums, and it appears that everyone understands the expectations. Yet, as time goes on, your tenants aren’t quite meeting their obligations. Month after month you turn a blind eye to what’s eating away at you and their behaviors, or lack thereof, have begun to cause you an eye twitch, tightening of the jaw, and possibly a pain in your side. I’m not talking about any of the obvious major breaches, but mainly the “micro” breaches that we question if they’re worth making a stink about or not. I believe you owe it to yourself and your business to question: “Why am I not addressing what’s bothering me with my tenants?” Is the answer laziness, fear, or simply because you don’t have the information needed to feel confident in order to do so? I am personally guilty of all charges.

Fri
09
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2013 Legislative Update

The 2013 Oregon Legislative Session came to a close on July 8th, and several successful bills may directly affect your rentals. Look for ORHA sponsored educational workshops in the coming year that will maximize your understanding of how these bills will directly impact you. In the meantime, here are summaries of the major bills affecting landlords in Oregon. To read the full text of each bill or for more information, be sure to visit the Oregon Legislature’s bill website at http://www.leg.state.or.us/bills_laws/. As always, contact your local ORHA chapter with comments or questions.

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