Home Management & Maintenance

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.

Portland Mayor Proposes Making Landlords Who Raise Rent Pay For Tenant Relocation

Portland Approves Measure to Make Landlords Who Raise Rent Pay to Move Tenants

The Portland City Council has unanimously approved a measure effective immediately requiring landlords who raise rent by any amount to pay tenant relocation costs to move tenants who do not want to pay the...
Become a Master Strategist: Today’s Key for Successful Landlords

Become a Master Strategist: Today’s Key for Successful Landlords

Being successful landlords and property managers in today's environment involves some key strategies, including your eviction process, that veteran landlord David Pickron sets out. By David Pickron I have always had a lead foot.  It is...
Solving Junk Removal Problems From Your Rental Property

Solving Junk Removal Problems From Your Rental Property

Property management companies are paying attention to budget-friendly, conscientious junk removal to meet diversion mandates to gain LEED certification or for meeting state or local guidelines. By Paul Bergeron Challenges involving the proper removal of bulk...
5 Ways To Lower Rental Property Heating Costs

5 Ways To Lower Rental Property Heating Costs

Whether you or your tenants are paying the heating bills, it’s a significant expense; heating accounts for about 42 percent of our energy consumption. With winter approaching, it will benefit you to think ahead....
Landlords should ask the right questions of their attorney and their tenants during the federal eviction moratorium

7 Insights for Landlords on the New Federal Eviction Moratorium

Two attorneys recently joined the National Real Estate Investors Association for an online discussion to help landlords and property managers understand how best to deal with the new federal eviction moratorium. A new nationwide federal...
CDC Orders Nationwide Eviction Moratorium, But No Help for  Landlords

CDC Orders Nationwide Eviction Moratorium, But No Help for  Landlords

A new nationwide eviction moratorium has been ordered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to halt residential evictions through the end of December. However, the new ban on evictions of tenants does not offer...
4 Ways to Help Manage Renters Moving During COVID-19

4 Ways to Help Manage Renters Moving During COVID-19

Keeping your tenants safe when renters are moving during covid-19 is crucial so here are some thoughts on best ways to do it from Keepe the maintenance company. So many things feel different now because...
Rental Concessions Offered in 30 Percent of Listings

Rental Concessions Offered in 30 Percent of Listings

The share of rental listings that advertise some form of rental concessions rose from 16.2 percent in February to 30.4 percent in July, according to a Zillow release about its listings. More rental concessions are...
Security Deposit vs. Move-In Fee: Which is Better?

Security Deposit vs. Move-In Fee: Which is Better?

Whether to use a security deposit or a move-in fee, if it is legal in your area, is the topic this week from Keepe the on-demand repair and maintenance company. One of the biggest risks...
Landlords mortgages are a challenge in this time of the pandemic as renters have trouble making ends meet

Landlords And Tenants Face Difficulty Making Ends Meet With Mortgages And Rent

As the pandemic stretches into its sixth month, renters and landlords face difficulty making ends meet with rent and mortgage payments, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Avail,  in August, 2020. Smaller landlords in...