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14
Jul
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Why Is The Internet In Apartment Complexes So Bad?

Why is the internet in apartment complexes so bad? Can a multifamily internet system with wifi installation be the ticket?

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By Hart Steen

 

Mon
03
Jul
John Triplett's picture

Top 3 Biggest Stressors For Property Owners And Managers in 2017

3 top stressors for property owners and managers

In a new survey of 700 rental property owners across the country, maintenance repairs and replacement continues to be the biggest stressor overall for property owners and managers, according to Buildium.com.

Overall 61% of respondents reported maintenance and repairs as stressful, compared to 62% last year, according to the survey.

“It is clear property owners are struggling with both maintenance and tenant management,” Darcy Jacobsen, content manager at Buildium.com said during the webinar about the property owners perspective survey.

“If you are an owner and you are struggling with these issues you are not alone.

“If you are a property manager these are things you might want to bring up when you are trying to win more business, or emphasize in your marketing materials, or when you are talking to owners,” Jacobson said.

Mon
26
Jun
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Fewer Renters Think It Is A Good Time To Buy A Home

Few renters think it is a good time to buy a home

A new survey shows fewer renters think it is a good time to buy a home and they are not optimistic about the economy and their personal financial situation, according to a release.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released the new quarterly Housing Opportunities and Market Experience survey showing how the morale of renters about buying a home has declined.

 "Paying more in rent each year and seeing home prices outpace their incomes is discouraging, and it's unfortunately pushing home ownership further away — especially for those living in expensive metro areas on the East and West Coast,"  Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said in the release.

Tue
20
Jun
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Multifamily Employee And Resident Satisfaction Are Tied Together Study Says

The multifamily industry and the importance of corporate responsibility in new benchmark study

It is becoming more important than ever that a multifamily company be seen as being socially responsible, much as Google says “Don’t be evil,” according to a new benchmark study.

Corporate social responsibility is now an expanding concept, according to ManagInc’s new study, and includes caring for all stakeholders, including everyone who has an impact on a multifamily company’s success from employees and suppliers to residents and to the communities one does business within. It is especially important to Millennials.

Tue
30
May
John Triplett's picture

Solving The Pet Pee Needs In An Urban High-Rise Apartment

A new company helps solve the pet pee issues in high-rise apartment buildings

How to solve pet pee needs in the middle of the night when you live in a high-rise apartment can be a real challenge. A San Diego start-up company has come up with a unique product that helps both property managers and tenants.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

As an individual living in a high rise condo or apartment, one can imagine how difficult it can be when your pet needs to go out to pee in the middle of the night.

Tenants don’t have the option of opening the back door to a large grass backyard. It requires getting dressed, leaving the unit, going in the elevator, and eventually outside.

In a city like San Diego that is embracing and building denser multifamily housing, moving from suburban environments to urban neighborhoods creates issues and difficulties for dogs and their owners when they need a grassy spot.

Some dogs handle the adjustment to high rise living without incident. For others, it can be a challenge.

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
John Triplett's picture

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
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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.

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