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7 Pest Preventative Maintenance Steps For Rental Housing

7 Pest Preventative Maintenance Steps For Rental Housing

The maintenance check up this week, provided by Keepe, asks whether you are taking the pest preventative maintenance you need in your rental housing to protect your investment and your tenants.

From mice to ants and cockroaches, pest infestations can cause serious property damage and traumatize tenants, significantly worsening their perception of their living conditions.

Property managers need to be aware of what draws pests to rental homes and adopt simple pest preventive maintenance steps that can protect properties and tenants.

7 Types of Pest Preventative Maintenance Steps

No. 1 - To avoid any and all infestations, it is fundamental to regularly inspect properties for cracks, crevices and any kind of openings that would allow unwanted critters to access indoor spaces. This includes checking open vents and drainage pipes.

Tue
16
Jan
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Do You Know How To Respond To a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

Do You Know How To Respond To a Sexual Harassment Complaint?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on The Fair Housing Act and how to respond to a sexual harassment complaint.

By Ellen Clark

HUD aggressively pursues violations of The Fair Housing Act (FHA) involving harassment in housing and complaints often name property managers directly, so do you know how to respond and stay on top of the situation?

 

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Remember courts have consistently recognized sexual harassment as a form of discrimination that violates the FHA.

In addition to individual property managers directly, the complaint may name the corporate entity or owner associated with the complainant’s housing.

Tue
16
Jan
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Utah’s Real Property Management Company Named Top Brand

Utah’s Real Property Management Company Named Top Franchise

Two publications recently named Utah-based Real Property Management, a full-service property management company as a best brand in their industry, according to a release.

Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500, known as the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking, recognized Real Property Management for the seventh consecutive year, acknowledging its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power.

Tue
16
Jan
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Investment Group Purchases 408-Unit Multifamily Property in Colorado

Investment Group Purchases 408-Unit Multifamily Property in Colorado

An investment group has purchased the Après Apartments, a 408-unit multifamily property located in Aurora, Colorado, an eastern suburb of Denver, according to a release.

Inland Real Estate Acquisitions, LLC bought the apartments located at 1503 South Galena Way, which consists of 17 three-story buildings with 196 one-bedroom and 212 two-bedroom units. Community amenities include a recently renovated clubhouse, fitness center, resident lounge, two swimming pools and a pet park. Units feature walk-in closets, a washer and dryer, fireplace and a private balcony or patio.

Fri
12
Jan
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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?

California just became the world's largest legal marijuana market. When pot is legal in a state, what issues does this present to property managers and landlords of rental properties? This was Rental Housing Journal readers' top story in 2017

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, just as California did on January 1, 2018,  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.

Fri
12
Jan
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8 Ways The Rental Housing Market Changed In 2017

8 Ways The Rental Housing Market Changed In 2017

What were the 8 ways the rental housing market changed in 2017, and what can we learn heading into 2018?

The folks at RentCafe have put together a report that looks at the rental housing trends in 2017 and analyzed rents from the 250 largest cities

Thu
11
Jan
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6 Insights About Rental Property Owners And Property Managers

6 Insights About Rental Property Owners And Property Managers

What are the keys to the relationship between rental property owners and property managers? These insights could help rental property owners better set their expectations and help property managers better understand the owners.

The rental property owners’ survey from Buildium.com revealed 6 insights about rental property owners and the relationship with property managers.

 

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Tue
09
Jan
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Rents Unchanged In December But Still Up 2.5% Year-Over-Year

Rents Unchanged In December But Still Up 2.5% Year-Over-Year

The average multifamily rent in the U.S. stood at $1,359 in December, unchanged from November but a 2.5% year-over-year increase for rents, according to a survey of 121 markets by Yardi Matrix.

Strong demand, the economy’s solid footing and a robust job market offer encouraging signs that growth will continue in 2018.

Rents were down 0.3% in the fourth quarter, which is only the second negative quarter of growth nationally since the second quarter of 2010 (rents also fell 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2016).

“Although the results are somewhat negative compared to recent history, what’s notable is how consistently strong the market has performed during the entire recovery,” Yardi Matrix writes in the report.

Tue
09
Jan
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Portland Tenants United Founder Resigns After “White Supremacy” Charge

Portland Tenants United Founder Resigns After “White Supremacy” Charge

Portland Tenants United founder Margot Black is resigning her leadership post with the organization after a black activist accused the group of "white supremacy," according to a report in Willamette Week.

 Portland Tenants United  has organized protests the last two years at the annual awards ceremony of a Portland property management association with pickets showing up at the event and carrying signs.

Tue
09
Jan
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Are Your Social Media Posts Compliant With Fair Housing Laws?

Are Your Social Media Posts Compliant With Fair Housing Laws?

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on how Fair Housing Laws apply to social media posts and property management.

By Ellen Clark

 Social media is a great tool for marketing in the multifamily industry to help build strong connections and community with your customers, but did you know Fair Housing laws apply?

When you share information in print or in person you may be aware of the Fair Housing issues, but are you watching all of your social media posts as closely?

The same rules apply. You are responsible for complying with anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, no matter what form of communication you are using.

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