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Tue
16
May
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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
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.

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
07
Feb
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9 Most Common Pests In Rental Housing

Pest control for rental properties guide from buildium.com

When you start thinking about pest control as a management philosophy instead of just triage in an emergency, it is good to give a little thought about what your policy is going to be as a property manager.

Giving some thought to integrated pest management and how you are going to communicate that to your owners, your tenants and your employees was the topic during a recent webinar by Darcy Jacobsen, director of content for Buildium.com. Buildium.com has put together a guide called Infestation 101: A property manager’s guide and shared several things from the guide on the webinar.

Tue
24
Jan
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Are Urban Areas Running Out Of Millennial Renters?

Millennial renters may have reached their peak in urban centers

As apartment rents are peaking and even starting to moderate or decline in some urban areas from Seattle to Denver, and New York to Los Angeles, some experts are asking whether we may have reached “Peak Millennial” status and the number of Millennial renters will begin to decline.

These experts say the urban core renters may have reached the saturation point, and in coming years will stop growing and begin a decline. Their argument is that as Millennials age and start families, they will want to move to the suburbs for more space for housing and better schools than in the urban core.

Thu
05
Jan
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3 Big Problems with Rent Control And A Property Management Alternative

Rent control is one of the issues protesters have pushed in Portland

The newspaper in Bend, Oregon, has a strong editorial setting out the “perils of rent control” which is being considered by some in the legislature in Oregon.Meanwhile a landlord and property management organization has proposed an alternative plan.

The editorial does a nice job setting out the 3 big problems with rent control:

Tue
03
Jan
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6 Reasons Why Tight-Knit Community Matters To Property Managers

why community matters in resident apartment complexes

A tight-knit resident community can make a big difference for a property manager in handling the many issues that come up in managing a community.

Last month the folks from Buildium.com did a webinar to present a guide they have put together on how to build a resident community.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

How building and nurturing a resident community culture can help owners and property managers keep tenants loyal to your properties, and help you attract tenants, is the subject of a guide by Buildium.com.

Buildium.com did a webinar last month in which Darcy Jacobson, director of content marketing and Chad Mirmelli, customer success manager, discussed how creating a community culture can be good for business.

Fri
02
Dec
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Landlord, property managers bullied and harassed over rent increases

Landlord and property managers have been bullied by tenant activist protesters in Portland

Tensions are rising between landlords and property managers, and tenant activists. Landlords and managers have been bullied over rent increases. And they face unpleasant demonstrations from activists as Portland struggles with a shortage of housing and rapidly rising rents.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

A Portland landlord says he and his property managers have been bullied and intimidated over rent increases after he purchased a small apartment building and had to raise existing rents to afford his new mortgage payments.

He said demonstrators have picketed his personal residence. The have placed notices on the doors of neighbors, camped overnight on his lawn, defecated on his lawn and marched into his property managers’ offices scaring the staff, according to his spokesman, John McIsaac. 

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