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This department of Rental Housing Journal is your source for property management and maintenance information. Whether you’re an independent landlord, portfolio manager, on-site community manager, leasing agent or apartment maintenance professional, the site is dedicated to bringing tips, best practices and information to help make your job easier and keep you up to date and educated.

unexpected costs landlords have when tenants move out

3 Unexpected Costs Landlords Have When Tenants Move Out

The unexpected costs landlords have when tenants move out can often be far more than the security deposit so this week's maintenance tip from Keepe looks at potential costs landlords face. It is common knowledge...
Dear Landlord Hank: Running Children Upstairs Disturbing Downstairs Tenant What Do We Do?

Dear Landlord Hank: Running Children Upstairs Disturbing Downstairs Tenant What Do We Do?

The problem is back, again, with tenant complaints about noisy, running children. In this week's Ask Landlord Hank question he deals with children upstairs distributing downstairs tenant and offers some advice. Hank is a...
4 Types of Problem Tenants and How to Deal with Them

4 Types of Problem Tenants and How to Deal with Them

Problem tenants are time-consuming so here are some suggestions on how to handle things from Keepe the maintenance company. Every property manager will at some point have to deal with a problem tenant. In fact,...
Job Postings Still Strong for Apartment Industry

Job Postings Still Strong for Apartment Industry

Job postings for the apartment industry have seen little fluctuation during the pandemic so far, as more than 9,700 apartment jobs were available during April, accounting for 42.2 percent of the broader real estate...
Ask Landlord Hank: How Do We Get Our Renters to Move So Family Can Move In?

Ask Landlord Hank: How Do We Get Our Renters to Move So Family Can...

In this week’s Ask Landlord Hank question, he gives his thoughts on  how to get renters to move out so family can move in the time of eviction moratoria and covid-19. Dear Landlord Hank: I generously...
Property management advice from David PickronManage in the Past and Forget the Present

Manage in the Past and Forget the Present

Property management advice from expert David Pickron suggests looking to the past to find the renters who will pay you in the future, and put emphasis on three things when you are qualifying applicants. By...
Seattle City Council Sets Rules for Unpaid-Rent Installment Payments

Seattle City Council Sets Rules for Unpaid-Rent Installment Payments

The Seattle City Council has approved rules to create rent installment payment plans between renters and landlords to pay back rent that has become overdue during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a release. Council Bill 119788 creates...
Coronavirus Causes Biggest Annual Rent-Growth Slowdown in at Least 5 Years

Rent Growth Shows Significant 1-Month Decline

Top metro markets are showing negative rent growth on a month-over-month basis, according to the latest Multifamily National Report from Yardi Matrix. “With April’s unemployment rate soaring to 14.7 percent, further pain is likely in...
Common Tenant Complaints and How to Handle Them

Common Tenant Complaints and How to Handle Them

Working as a property manager requires you to deal with common tenant complaints and  tenants’ requests  around the clock, so here are some suggestions on how to handle things from Keepe the maintenance company. Handling...
More Americans Missed Housing Payments in May

More Americans Missed Housing Payments in May

A recent survey shows missed housing payments jumped in May, showing that 31 percent failed to make their full housing payment compared to 24 percent in April, Apartment List says in the survey. “Our May...