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Tue
23
May
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Do I Have To Pay For Tenant Housing While I Fumigate Apartments?

Do I have to pay for tenant housing while I fumigate apartments?

An apartment building owner has to fumigate apartments due to termites and wants to know how to handle the issue as well as the tenants. Here are several things to consider say blogger Richard 'Monty' Montgomery.

Reader Question: I need termite fumigation. ​I own property in located in Florida, where termites are a big part of the pest population. I will be selling the five unit building soon, and four units are rented currently. Two of the four units have leases expiring in July. The property has to be tented to exterminate the little buggers. When they fumigate, the building must be empty.

Tue
16
May
John Triplett's picture

Apartment Pet Amenities Draw Millennial Tenants

Pet amenities at Richman Signature Properties include dog parks like this one

Luxury style pet amenities are a new feature that apartment developers and property management companies are putting in place to draw the increasing number of younger tenants who have pets and want to rent.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Apartment developers are creating new spaces both inside buildings and outside to build in more pet-friendly amenities and services for tenants.

In a recent interview, Kristen Gucwa, vice president of national lease-up operations at Richman Signature Properties, talked about some of the top pet amenities in their pet-friendly properties in Florida, Colorado and Texas.

Tue
09
May
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Why Is It So Hard To Build Affordable Housing In Portland?

Why is it so hard to build affordable housing in Portland, Oregon asks Guardian Real Estate Services president Tom Brenneke

A leader in the Portland affordable housing industry talks about why it took four years to get 40 units of affordable housing done from concept to opening.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Tom Brenneke has a passion for building affordable housing in the community where he lives and is proud to talk about his latest 40-unit project when recently opened – a triumph of affordable housing.

“I have a particular passion for affordable housing,” said Brenneke, who is president of Guardian Real Estate Services LLC. “I enjoy the complexities,” he said in an interview with Rental Housing Journal.

Tue
02
May
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First in Time Lawsuit: Yim et al. v. City of Seattle

Evan L. Loeffler blog on the first time lawsuit and the city of seattle and landlords

By Evan L. Loeffler

The First in Time lawsuit continues. The City of Seattle filed an answer to the plaintiffs’ complaint in early April essentially denying all relevant allegations and claiming the matter should not be litigated. 

Tue
25
Apr
John Triplett's picture

Can I Say "No Pot In My Apartments" When It’s Legal In My State?

Can I say no pot in my apartments when it is legal in my state?

Oregon Governor Kate Brown this month signed a bill that prohibits marijuana retailers from keeping or sharing customer's personal information. According to reports, she said she was concerned about the Trump administration's future actions when it comes to the legalized pot industry which employs 13,000 people in Oregon. So when pot is legal in a state, what issues does this present to property managers and landlords of rental properties?

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Property managers are often confused and seeking to better understand how to handle the issues of legal marijuana and medical marijuana when it comes to tenants and rental housing in their states.

Laws are changing all the time in many states as voters approve different levels of permission when it comes to marijuana. This leaves property managers trying to figure out what should be in their leases around the issue.

Tue
04
Apr
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3 Ways Property Managers Can Protect Themselves From Potentially Violent Tenants

3 ways property managers can protect themselves from potentially violent tenants

What property managers and owners can learn from the shooting last year of two property managers in Portland following the eviction of a tenant.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

The two property managers who were shot by a tenant in their offices in Portland following an eviction late last year, are recovering and doing well according to a spokesman for the company.

The two managers for Guardian Real Estate Services, working at Portland's Cascadian Terrace Apartments developed by Community Development Partners,were shot and wounded by a tenant during an eviction due to behavioral issues in late December, according to reports.

Tue
21
Mar
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Why Are Some Property Managers Not Solving Pet Poop Problems?

Why are property managers not solving pet poop problems?

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

If you do a search online for apartments and pet poop problems, there is no shortage of negative reviews from tenants about pet waste in apartment communities.

The growing millennial generation is becoming the largest group of renters in the country. And guess what, more than 70 percent of them are pet owners. The trend toward pet ownership in rental housing is only going to grow.

Tue
14
Mar
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7 Secrets To Keep Tenants Renewing Your Leases

7 secrets to keep tenants renewing your leases

Keeping your tenants happy and renewing their leases is key to keeping your rental housing business and your revenue growing.

Our veteran investor, property manager and blogger shares a few of his secrets here.

By Larry Arth

I learned early on in the landlord business that I had to build a strong relationship with my tenants if I wanted long-term loyal clients for my rentals.

On the other hand, apartment owners and real estate investors who simply look at an investment property as a vehicle where the tenant pays their mortgage and generates them some positive cash flow tend to have tenants who move out annually.

When tenants feel or sense they are nothing more than a revenue stream for their landlord, they tend to move on quickly.

Here is my system:

Tue
21
Feb
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Being An Ethical Landlord And Running A Profitable Business Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Being an ethical landlord and running a profitable business are not mutually exclusive

In this opinion piece, Heather Buch, owner of Preferred Northwest Property Management in Eugene, writes a guest blog this week saying that being an ethical landlord and running a profitable business are not mutually exclusive.

By Heather Buch

Many people have a preconceived notion that you must be ruthless and heartless to be a landlord these days.

With reports of landlords jacking up tenants’ rents 100 percent, that perception is easy to validate, especially when it contributes to the displacement of up to 10 percent of students in some elementary school districts. That’s a lot of kids losing their best friends and educational stability to greedy owners who are uprooting their communities.

But such owners don’t represent all landlords.

Fri
10
Feb
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What Is A Professional Property Manager To Do In Portland Housing Crisis?

What Is A Professional Property Manager To Do In Portland Housing Crisis?

The tension between landlords and tenants in Portland's housing crisis can put a property manager right in the middle of crisis after crisis. This week Ron Garcia, a veteran property manager, give us his take on the situation from his point of view.

By Ron Garcia

The Garcia Group

As a professional property manager, I often describe my job akin to a ‘PCB transformer”; my process is to act like an adaptor between the power struggles of owners and tenants

 It’s not uncommon to have sparks fly between the two parties. And like PCB chemicals, the mixture of emotions can occasionally get toxic. Over time however, my antidote has always been that ultimately – like AC and DC currents – we are all going in the same direction: We all desire to maintain a quality living unit at a reasonable rate in a safe community.

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