Ellen Calmas' Blog Posts

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Mon
06
Feb

Payment Issues Primarily Send Property Managers To Court

Payment issues send property managers to court most often writes Ellen Calmas in her blog

It’s simple economics. When rents go up, payment issues go up, because it becomes harder for people to afford leasing an apartment.

By Ellen Calmas

For for most typical renters, working class families, recent college graduates, and young professionals climbing the career ladder, qualifying for a new apartment lease just gets tougher as monthly rents increase.

And asking applicants for more money in upfront in security deposits only shows they can come up with that cash, while likely setting them up to be cash-strapped at some point in the lease.

That is why residents often pay rent late or fall behind completely, resulting in unwanted action by community staff who are just doing their jobs in enforcing a lease.

Mon
28
Nov

Why Property Managers Are Skeptical When Tenants Decline Lease Offers

Property managers should be skeptical of tenants who decline conditional lease offers

Property managers want tenants who will be excited about their lease offers.

When you decide to extend a lease with a conditional offer, and the tenant declines, then what?

What do you think that means? Blogger Ellen Calmas has some ideas to share.

By Ellen Calmas

It’s pretty obvious that occupancy drives revenue, and leasing (among other things) drives occupancy.

What’s less obvious is that there are times it makes more sense to let a prospective lease walk away.

Property owners and managers spend millions of dollars annually screening prospective residents to gain better insights into their ability to afford, retain and adhere to the specifications of a lease.

Screening results in a rejection, an acceptance without conditions, a conditional lease offer, or a lease offer with mandatory requirements.

Tue
01
Nov

3 Safeguards For The Growing Tide of Roommate Renters

3 safeguards to consider for renters who are roommates

Renters who are strangers and yet will be roommates can present a challenge for leasing apartments.

Here are 3 safeguards to consider when renting to these types of occupants.

By Ellen Calmas

While individual renter households represent the highest volume growth since 2007, non-family roommate renter households have grown at almost twice the pace, or 2.9 percent over the same period, according to recent Axiometrics data.

 That’s an increase of 20.7 million “non-family” households consisting of either one person or two or more roommates, representing growth of 330,000 people per year sharing apartment homes – and potentially a lot of hassle for communities that don’t have clear policies in place.

Mon
01
Aug

What safeguards do you tie to your lease offers?

what safeguards do you tie to your lease offers?

There are reasons why you do not want to move in everyone who applies, obviously, but what safeguards are you putting in place with your lease offers? Read what an expert with 25+ years in marketing communications experience with Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial companies has to say about this topic.  

By Ellen Calmas

It’s pretty obvious that occupancy drives revenue, and leasing (among other things) drives occupancy.

What’s less obvious is that there are times it makes more sense to let a prospective lease walk away.

Property owners and managers spend millions of dollars annually screening prospective residents to gain better insights into their ability to afford, retain and adhere to the specifications of a lease.

Mon
06
Jun
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How Well Do You Know Your Residents?

how well do you know your residents?

How well do you know your residents?

Even the best screening reports cannot tell you if your residents will pay on time.

By Ellen Calmas

How well do you know your residents?

Rental residents' applicants come in all shapes and sizes. They’re young, old and ages in between.

On average, there are about 15 percent more women than men, while based on the location of a community, the ethnic mix and type of employment may vary.

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