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Management & Maintenance

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.

Using A Code Word Helps You Get the Right Tenant

Using A Code Word Helps You Get the Right Tenant

A veteran landlord shares one of the best methods for helping you find the perfect tenant for your property using a code word. By Scot Aubrey With summer just around the corner, I look forward to...
Dear Landlord Hank: My Tenants Want A ‘Kiddie’ Pool

Dear Landlord Hank: My Tenants Want A ‘Kiddie’ Pool

A landlord's tenants want a kiddie pool in the backyard of the landlord's rental so that is the question for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and is not offering legal...
Property Managers, Take Note: Happy Pet Owners Mean Happy Long-Term Residents

Property Managers, Take Note: Happy Pet Owners Mean Happy Long-Term Residents

A guest post to help property managers understand pets and the connection with long-term happy rental residents. By KC Theisen Opening Doors A few weeks ago, a graduate student at the University of Maryland interviewed me about...
As a landlord which of the 3 buckets will you be in when the eviction moratorium ends

Will You Be Ready When the Eviction Moratorium Ends?

Will you be ready when the eviction moratorium ends and as a landlord have a plan? Which of three buckets will you be in? That is this month’s article by veteran real estate investor...
10 Things To Check in a DIY Rental Property Inspection

10 Things To Check in a DIY Rental Property Inspection

Here are 10 things to check in a do-it-yourself rental property inspection from a veteran landlord and manager in the field. By Phil Schaller Conducting an informational inspection/walkthrough of your rental property is important periodically; we...
7 Proactive Maintenance Tips That Keep Tenants Happy

7 Proactive Maintenance Tips That Keep Tenants Happy

Keeping good tenants is key to long-term profitable rentals, so here are 7 proactive maintenance tips that keep tenants happy and staying in your rental property. By Justin Becker As a landlord or building manager, there...
6 Things To Look For In Choosing The Right Rental Property Flooring

6 Things To Look For In Choosing The Right Rental Property Flooring

Choosing the right flooring for your rental property gives you several important options to consider so here are six things to look at for your property flooring. By Lillian Connors Choosing the best flooring for your...
Don’t Let Rental Criteria Be Your Kryptonite with tenants when doing tenant screening

Don’t Let Rental Criteria Be Your Kryptonite

Do you have written rental criteria for which tenants you accept, which you do not, and why? That is this month's article by veteran real estate investor and property manager David Pickron. By David Pickron Hypothetically,...
Top 10 Fire Prevention Tips for Landlords And Property Managers

Top 10 Fire Prevention Tips for Landlords And Property Managers

Here are 10 fire prevention tips for landlords and property managers including remembering to have a fire-action plan for tenants. By Oliver Andrews Thirty seconds is all it takes for a small flame to start a...
Ask Landlord Hank How Do I Stop Second-Hand Smoke Coming into My Apartment?

How Do I Stop Second-Hand Smoke Coming Into My Apartment?

We have been getting a lot of questions about second-hand smoke during the pandemic so if a tenant has a problem with second-hand smoke coming into their apartment, what should you do is the...